Georgia Chapter

Research and Breeding

Here is information and some links to the types of research and breeding activities that GA-TACF supports.

TACF Research and Breeding

Mother Trees

Chapter members spend hours searching the mountains and hillsides of Georgia for American chestnut root sprouts that can be placed into our breeding program. One of the Chapter’s first pure American chestnut trees was found on Springer Mountain by Thomas Fowler and placed in the breeding program during the Chapter’s first breeding season. Since then many other trees have been located with the “Klaus” tree near Warm Springs bringing attention world wide as the most southern tree in the piedmont area.

Without the help of volunteers identifying new trees, our breeding program would come to a halt. Each “mother tree” can only be used to cross with one type of resistant pollen from TACF’s Meadowview Research Farm to produce about 100 backcross trees. This is usually accomplished within 2 years. The more trees we find, the more diverse the gene pool will become.

GA-TACF Mother Tree Map

Orchards

Once nuts are harvested from the resulting backcrosses a suitable orchard must be located to plant them. Berry College was the first to offer a site that would house over 200 trees. The University of Georgia’s Mountain Research and Education Center in Blairsville became our second backcross orchard. Since then we have received many offers for orchard sites that are now in the testing stage. We test for soil suitability, predator protection and overall tree care to determine the best locations for advanced backcross trees. If you are interested in hosting a backcross or demonstration orchard, please contact us at gachapter@acf.org.

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Another great couple of days with GA-TACF volunteers! Today and yesterday, we had about 30 volunteers help with the small stem assay project at Berry College. Many thanks to all who came to participate and learn!

This project is part of our program to assess blight resistance in "best X best" crosses in the TACF hybrid chestnut program. The small stem assay is a way of assessing resistance at the seedling stage (less than a year old). In about 90 days the cankers that form on the stems will be measured and used to evaluate resistance level of the seedlings.

Our next big volunteer efforts in GA will likely be around seed harvest time in mid September through early October. Watch for announcements about these and other upcoming events.
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Another great couple of days with GA-TACF volunteers!  Today and yesterday, we had about 30 volunteers help with the small stem assay project at Berry College.  Many thanks to all who came to participate and learn!  

This project is part of our program to assess blight resistance in best X best crosses in the TACF hybrid chestnut program.  The small stem assay is a way of assessing resistance at the seedling stage (less than a year old).  In about 90 days the cankers that form on the stems will be measured and used to evaluate resistance level of the seedlings.

Our next big volunteer efforts in GA will likely be around seed harvest time in mid September through early October.  Watch for announcements about these and other upcoming events.
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Volunteers from Reinhardt University and Berry College had a great day today inoculating trees at the Austin Flint chestnut orchard near Waleska. Here are a few pics from the day’s work.

Meanwhile... another volunteer reminder!

On July 8 and 9, we will hold a volunteer event at Berry College (see details below*). If you'd like to volunteer, please access the volunteer registration form here: tacf.org/volunteer/ The registration site includes a link to the required volunteer waiver form. It is really simple to fill out and takes just a minute or two.

*Details: We will be looking for a small group of volunteers to help us do Small Stem Assays for blight resistance on chestnut seedlings at Berry College. July 8 and 9, no experience necessary. Time frame is 9 am to 5 pm and volunteers are welcome to arrive at any time before 2 pm. This is easy, partly indoor work and requires no expertise. It is a great way to learn about what we are doing and how we do it. This will be held at the McAllister Research Greenhouse. Berry College is just north of Rome on Rt. 27. Go through the Visitors Center access and ask for directions to the McAllister Research Greenhouse (NOT the Horticultural Greenhouse). If you plan to come, please email us at GaChapter@tacf.org
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Volunteers from Reinhardt University and Berry College had a great day today inoculating trees at the Austin Flint chestnut orchard near Waleska. Here are a few pics from the day’s work.

Meanwhile... another volunteer reminder!

On July 8 and 9, we will hold a volunteer event at Berry College (see details below*).  If youd like to volunteer, please access the volunteer registration form here: https://tacf.org/volunteer/ The registration site includes a link to the required volunteer waiver form.  It is really simple to fill out and takes just a minute or two.

*Details:  We will be looking for a small group of volunteers to help us do Small Stem Assays for blight resistance on chestnut seedlings at Berry College.  July 8 and 9, no experience necessary.  Time frame is 9 am to 5 pm and volunteers are welcome to arrive at any time before 2 pm.  This is easy, partly indoor work and requires no expertise.  It is a great way to learn about what we are doing and how we do it.  This will be held at the McAllister Research Greenhouse.  Berry College is just north of Rome on Rt. 27.  Go through the Visitors Center access and ask for directions to the McAllister Research Greenhouse (NOT the Horticultural Greenhouse).  If you plan to come, please email us at GaChapter@tacf.orgImage attachmentImage attachment+4Image attachment

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Marty teaching us the inoculation technique.

Berry crew!

Go Vinny!Meet the Interns:

During the month of July we will be introducing our summer 2024 Interns!

Meet Vinny Varsalona, we are very excited to have him to helping out in VA.
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