WVU hosts American chestnut symposium

SHEPHERDSTOWN (AP) — Scholars from around the world are set to gather in West Virginia to discuss the health of the American chestnut tree

West Virginia University is partnering with the International Society of Horticultural Sciences, the American Chestnut Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to host the fifth International Chestnut Symposium. The four-day event is scheduled to begin Sept. 4 at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown.

Officials say the university has played a role in understanding the tree by bringing together scientists from across the world to discuss research such as pests, breeding and genetics, and ecology and reforestation.

The American chestnut was nearly wiped out in the 1950s in southeastern forests by a fungal disease.

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