Small Stem Assays at Milner Backcross Orchard, GAJul. 14, 2020By Martin Cipollini, GA-TACF Chapter Science Coordinator Marshall Lynch inoculating trees while Noah Howie measures height and stem diameter at the Milner Backcross Orchard in Rome, GA. Noah Howie (back) measuring trees while Marshall Lynch inoculates them at the Milner Backcross Orchard. Inoculated stem tip temporarily covered with a sealed plastic straw to keep the inoculum moist. Frank Milner posing with one of his three-year-old backcross chestnut trees. About 90% of the trees at this site have survived since planting.