Excellent, Intermediate, Young Adult, non-fiction, American chestnut tree, scientists, comeback
The American chestnut tree is a giant among North America’s eastern trees, in size and as a resource. It is useful for lumber, food, and tannin, used in tanning leather. In 1904, Hermann Merkel, a chief forester of the New York Zoological Park, discovered a blight or disease which almost wiped these trees out within fifty years. Through the efforts of scientists and volunteers, three methods, including backcross breeding, using a virus to combat the deadly fungus, and growing transgenic American chestnut trees, have been employed to help save this American icon.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
"Champion: The Comeback Tale of the American Chestnut Tree,"
Children's Book and Media Review: Vol. 39:
12, Article 41.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/cbmr/vol39/iss12/41