American Chestnut The Life, Death, and Rebirth of a Perfect Tree

ISBN-10: 0520259947

ISBN-13: 9780520259942

Edition: 2009

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Description: The American chestnut was one of America's most common, valued, and beloved trees--a "perfect tree" that ruled the forests from Georgia to Maine. But in the early twentieth century, an exotic plague swept through the chestnut forests with the force of a wildfire. Within forty years, the blight had killed close to four billion trees and left the species teetering on the brink of extinction. It was one of the worst ecological blows to North America since the Ice Age--and one most experts considered beyond repair. InAmerican Chestnut,Susan Freinkel tells the dramatic story of the stubborn optimists who refused to let this cultural icon go. In a compelling weave of history, science, and personal observation, she relates their quest to save the tree through methods that ranged from classical plant breeding to cutting-edge gene technology. But the heart of her story is the cast of unconventional characters who have fought for the tree for a century, undeterred by setbacks or skeptics, and fueled by their dreams of restored forests and their powerful affinity for a fellow species.

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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 4/1/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 294
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Map of American chestnut distribution in 1938
Introduction
Where There Are Chestnuts
A New Scourge
Let Us Not Talk about Impossibilities
A Whole World Dying
Rolling the Dice
Evil Tendencies Cancel
Let Us Plant
Chestnut 2.0
Faith in a Seed
Conclusion: The Comeback
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index
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