Dragan Galic along with professor emeritus Adam Dale have been working towards developing chestnut trees that are genetically resistant to disease.
A grafting technique developed by Galic at the Simcoe Research Station, could facilitate the fast recovery of American Chestnut trees, devastated by disease. The process involves attaching a twig from a resistant tree onto a sprouting non-resistant nut. This new approach to growing resistant chestnut trees could speed up the recovery of the species.
It is estimated that there are as few as 1,000-2,000 American Chestnut trees left in Ontario.
The project is supported by the Canadian Chestnut Council among other funding partners.
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