Chestnut Research

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Bode Adebowale Olukolu
Assistant Professor

Scott E. Schlarbaum
Forest Genetics

Stacy Lay Clark
Assistant Professor
Chestnut establishment



(8 mentions)

Partially restoring the chestnut tree may happen in our lifetime.

(6 mentions)

Preparing to plant 1,200 chestnut trees 
1,200 chestnut trees were prepared at the University of Tennessee forest genetics greenhouse to be planted in national forests in the South.

(2 mentions)

Mine Reclamation 
We get half our electricity from coal, but getting to coal underground sometimes means we have to cut down trees. UTIA researchers are working to bring new vegetation to former mining sites.


Recent Publications

Using groundcover to Outcompete Tall Fescue (Festuca arundinacea ) without outcompeting tree seedlings on a legacy mine site.  Aldrovandi, M., and J. A. Franklin.  2018.  Proceedings of the American Society of Mining and Reclamation, St. Louis, MO, June 3-7, 2018. [Abstract]

Tyloses in chestnut oak.  Taylor, A. M.  2018.  Poster presented at the New Phytologist Symposium, Lake Tahoe, CA.

Abundance and Frequency of the Asiatic Oak Weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) and Defoliation on American, Chinese, and Hybrid Chestnut (Castanea) Case, A. E., A. E. Mayfield, III, S. L. Clark, S. E. Schlarbaum, and B. C. Reynolds.  2016.  Journal of Insect Science, 16 (1): 29. [Abstract]

Establishment of American chestnuts (Castanea dentata) bred for blight (Cryphonectria parasitica) resistance: influence of breeding and nursery grading Clark, S. L., S. E. Schlarbaum, A. M. Saxton, and F. V. Hebard.  2016.  New Forests, 47(2): 243-270. [Abstract]

Applying genomic resources to restoration of an iconic forest tree, the American chestnut.  Staton, M. E.  2016.  Plant and Animal Genome Conference, Translational Genomics Session. San Diego, CA.

Genome Organization and Cyto-Molecular Map of Chestnut.  Islam-Faridi, N., M. Majid, T. Zhebentyayeva, L. Georgi, N. Cannon, M. E. Staton, F. Hebard, P. Sisco, J. Carlson, and D. Nelson.  2015.  33rd Southern Forest Tree Improvement Committee proceedings.

Effects of temporal dynamics, nut weight and nut size on growth of American chestnut, Chinese chestnut and backcross generations in a commercial nursery Pinchot, C., S. L. Clark, S. E. Schlarbaum, A. M. Saxton, S. J. Sung, and F. V. Hebard.  2015.  Forests, 6(5): 1537-1556. [Abstract]

The chestnut genome browser.  Staton, M. E., N. Cannon, and J. Carlson.  2015.  Schatz Tree Genetics Colloquium.

How bioinformatics is helping to restore the American Chestnut: next generation sequencing, data mining and online resources.  Staton, M. E., N. Cannon, J. Davitt, N. Henry, M. Cook, and J. Carlson.  2015.  American Society of Plant Biologists Southern Section.

Substantial genome synteny preservation among woody angiosperm species: comparative genomics of Chinese chestnut (Castanea mollissima) and plant reference genomes Staton, M. E., T. Zhebentyayeva, B. Olukolu, G. Fang, D. Nelson, J. Carlson, and A. Abbott.  2015.  BMC Genomics. [Abstract]

American Chestnut Restoration in the National Forest System Clark, S. L., S. E. Schlarbaum, et al.  2014.  Journal of Forestry.

Tree Biotechnology: Chestnut Nelson, C. D., W. A. Powell, S. A. Merkle, J. E. Carlson, F. V. Hebard, N. Islam-Faridi, M. E. Staton, and L. Georgi.  2014.  Tree Biotechnology, Tree Biotechnology, Chapter 1. CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, USA.