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GA-TACF Annual Meeting May 13 2023

Calling all Georgia American Chestnut enthusiasts!

The Georgia Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation (GA-TACF) will hold its annual state meeting on May 13th, 2023, in Dahlonega. The meeting will be held at the University of North Georgia Health and Natural Sciences Auditorium, starting at 10AM. There is no charge to attend and the meeting is open to the public. There are a lot of exciting things happening in the chestnut research world at the moment!

The agenda will include a summary of the chestnut story and ongoing restoration efforts, and an update on the most recent science activities. Dr. Scott Merkle from the Warnell School of Forestry at UGA will give us an update on his chestnut research in Athens, including his chestnut cloning and genetic engineering efforts to develop blight resistant chestnuts using Georgia parent trees. We will also be screening TACF’s brand new documentary film, Clear Day Thunder: Rescuing the American Chestnut, featuring appearances by former President Jimmy Carter, Dolly Parton, and Chuck Leavell. Here’s a link to the film’s official trailer – https://www.rescuingtheamericanchestnut.com/

After lunch, we will (optionally) carpool to see the new UNG Hurricane Creek test orchard, about 10 minutes west of campus. More agenda details are available on the Eventbrite registration page.

Please register for the event using the Eventbrite link below. Also. we are making available box lunches ($14) for pre-order via the Eventbrite registration process. Lunch orders will be accepted only through Sunday, May 7th. Registration is not strictly necessary to attend, but it will help us with our event preparations. No personal information will be shared.

Meeting street address: Health and Natural Sciences Building, 2nd floor, 159 Sunset Drive, Dahlonega, GA, 30597. Signs will be placed to direct you to parking.

Registration link:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/american-chestnut-foundation-georgia-chapter-annual-meeting-tickets-598501452957

Jack Rogers, GA-TACF President

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Last week, Berry College students gave a poster presentation at the annual meeting fo the Association of Southeastern Biologists meeting in Chattanooga, TN. Students presented on the alternative small stem assay for blight resistance in chestnuts, and also on a method for direct seeding of longleaf pines. Their mentor, Dr. Martin Cipollini accompanied them at the conference. Berry College co-authors included Dr. Caitlin Conn (chestnut project) and forester Tim Chesnut (longleaf project). Former student Morgan Wingo was lead author on the longleaf poster. Here are a couple of photos of the students at their posters. In addition to giving these presentations, they attended numerous other sessions and had a great time at the evening social at the Tennessee Aquarium. ... See MoreSee Less

Last week, Berry College students gave a poster presentation at the annual meeting fo the Association of Southeastern Biologists meeting in Chattanooga, TN.  Students presented on the alternative small stem assay for blight resistance in chestnuts, and also on a method for direct seeding of longleaf pines.  Their mentor, Dr. Martin Cipollini accompanied them at the conference.  Berry College co-authors included Dr. Caitlin Conn (chestnut project) and forester Tim Chesnut (longleaf project).  Former student Morgan Wingo was lead author on the longleaf poster.  Here are a couple of photos of the students at their posters.  In addition to giving these presentations, they attended numerous other sessions and had a great time at the evening social at the Tennessee Aquarium.Image attachment
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