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Phytophora Root Rot: What are we up against?

We are excited to have Web-TomS-100x150Tom Saielli, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Science Coordinator from TACF speaking at our Spring Growers Meeting this April 14th. Tom will be sharing his knowledge on Phytophthora cinnamomi  and the American chestnut.  Tom will discuss the history and ecology of P. cinnamomi; and some strategies for managing  it in orchards. He will also discuss efforts to incorporate Phytophthora resistance into the TACF breeding program.

 

Some Background on Phytophora and the American chestnut:

STATEMENT FROM TACF:

“Phytophthora cinnamomi is a virulent pathogen of the American chestnut tree that causes the disease Phytophthora root rot (PRR).

The American Chestnut Foundation is collaborating with Clemson University, North Carolina State University, and the U.S. Forest Service to inoculate advanced generation backcross hybrid families with P. cinnamomi to identify resistant parents. Parents resistant to P. cinnamomi will be bred with those most resistant to the chestnut blight fungus. Selection for ensuing generations will combine resistance to both pathogens.”

Roots are sparse on a chestnut tree sapling that lacks resistance to Phytophthora cinnamomi. Image Credit: Ken Scar / Clemson University

Roots are sparse on a chestnut tree sapling that lacks resistance to Phytophthora cinnamomi.
Image Credit: Ken Scar / Clemson University

Check out this article posted in the TACF website last March: https://www.acf.org/our-community/news/fighting-forgotten-disease-return-american-chestnut-grandeur/

Where: Mont Alto Campus of Penn State University, located in south central Pennsylvania, between Chambersburg and Gettysburg. Address: 1 Campus Dr, Mont Alto, PA 17237

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When: 8:30 am to 2:30

Please RSVP by April 12, 2018

 mail@patacf.org or 814-863-7192