Chestnut Chat Series
In these unprecedented times, we are finding new and productive ways to engage. TACF is excited to offer a live Chestnut Chat Series to keep you updated on our work, share stories, and offer participants a chance to ask questions. If you can’t make the live chats, all sessions are recorded and available on this webpage for viewing at anytime.
TACF’s final Chestnut Chat of the year will involve a panel of lead scientists from TACF and SUNY’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry who will answer your questions related to all things chestnut! For this particular session (December 11 at 11:30 AM), we ask that questions be submitted ahead of time. Click below for more details.
Chestnut Chat 18: November 13, 2020
Topic: Scott Merkle, Professor and Associate Dean for Research at the University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, talks about the current status of research to develop scalable clonal propagation systems for American chestnut and hybrid chestnuts, including macro- and micropropagation systems.
Chestnut Chat 17: Friday, October 30, 2020
Topic: Genome Wide Association Study (GWAS) has become the go-to method for detecting genetic variation (heritability) that affects the variation we observe in traits within a species. David Kainer, staff scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, explains how GWAS works and how to make sense of the results.
Chestnut Chat 16: Friday, October 16, 2020
Topic: Cool autumn weather invites warm seasonal dishes. In this session about cooking with chestnuts, you’ll hear about everything from best roasting methods to making delicious savory and sweet recipes.
- Chestnut Recipes shared by GA-TACF Chapter President Kathy Patrick
- Chestnut Log Cake from TACF’s 2019 fall issue of Chestnut magazine
- Chestnut de Marrons (Chestnut Purée) from TACF’s 2020 fall issue of Chestnut magazine
PSA for HemlockFest 2020 (some proceeds benefit the GA-TACF Chapter)
Chestnut Chat 15: Friday, October 2, 2020
Topic: Erin Lizotte, pest educator at Michigan State University, covers pests and pathogens that impact chestnut, and discusses issues that plague the trees and how to best manage them.
Chestnut Chat 14: Friday, September 18, 2020
Topic: Chestnut Harvest and Storage presented by Kendra Collins, TACF’s New England Regional Science Coordinator and Eric Jenkins, Meadowview Tree Breeding Coordinator.
- Harvesting, Handling and Storing Chestnuts fact sheet on TACF website
- Harvesting and Storing Chestnuts, Chestnut, Fall 2018; pgs 29-30
- How Not To Kill a Chestnut, The Journal of The American Chestnut Foundation, March/April 2013; pgs. 22-23
- Seed Stratification…, Chestnut, Spring 2019; pgs. 25-28
- Troubles with Weevils? The Journal of The American Chestnut Foundation, September 2010; pg 17
Chestnut Chat: Friday 13, September 4, 2020
Chestnut Chat 12: Friday, August 21, 2020
Chestnut Chat 11: Friday, August 7, 2020
Topic: USFS Research Forester Stacy Clark shares results from 10+ years of ground-breaking research involving large-scale forest reintroduction of American chestnut.
Chestnut Chat 10: Friday, July 24, 2020
Topic: Plant Pathology for Non-Plant Pathologists presented by Bruce Levine, board director for the MD-TACF Chapter
Chestnut Chat 9: Friday, July 10, 2020
Topic: A virtual Pollination Workshop presented by researchers at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry’s American Chestnut Research and Restoration Project.
Chestnut Chat 8: Friday, June 26, 2020
Topic: Using Drones to Benefit American Chestnut Restoration, featuring Alex Young of Dropcopter (a company that uses drones to pollinate crops), and TACF Chapter members Brian Clark and Clark Beebe who share their experiences using drones to locate and pollinate chestnut trees.
Chestnut Chat 7: Friday, June 12, 2020
Topic: TACF’s Mid-Atlantic and Southern Regional Science Coordinator Tom Saielli offers a workshop on finding and conserving American chestnuts in the wild.
- Maine: https://mfst.acg.maine.edu/App/Dashboard?layout=1
- Click layer button in upper right-hand corner. Scroll down and check “American Chestnut Habitat Suitability”.
- For legend and data information, click “Data descriptions and legends” in upper left hand corner.
- PA, NJ, VA, WV, and OH: https://arcg.is/18Oemv
- Click blue button that says “Open in Map Viewer”
- Need to wait a good long while for it to load. It’s a really big file.
- If you get an orange button at the bottom (exclamation point in a triangle, refresh the page and see if it will load again).
- More to come in the future including the entire native range and Kentucky.
Chestnut Chat 6: Friday, May 29, 2020
Chestnut Chat 5: Friday, May 15, 2020
Chestnut Chat 4: Friday, May 8, 2020
Chestnut Chat 3: Friday, May 1, 2020
Topic: Meet TACF’s scientific research partners at SUNY’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry and learn about the transgenic tree.
Dr. Bill Powell: American Chestnut (Castanea dentata) (O-hã-yah’tah) Rescuing a Keystone Tree Species from an Invasive PathogenSUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry, Syracuse, NY, In partnership with The American Chestnut Foundation
Chestnut Chat 2: Friday, April 24, 2020
Chestnut Chat 1: Friday, April 17, 2020
Topic: Meet TACF’s President & CEO and the Science Leadership Team