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Genome Sequencing Could Save American Chestnuts

The sun shines through the leaves of an American chestnut hybrid.

The HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology is generating and annotating a reference genome for the American chestnut tree in a project with The American Chestnut Foundation that aims to restore the once dominant tree to forests in the Eastern United States. We are all familiar with the opening lines of The Christmas Song: “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire …” But this collaborative project could mean that those chestnuts might once again come from an American chestnut tree. Continue reading this story published by the HudsonAlpha Genome Sequencing Center.