Penn State geneticists on cutting edge of effort to save ash trees
November 21, 2016
A little-known ash plantation on the edge of Penn State's University Park campus — the largest collection of green ash germplasm in one location in the world — likely will play a significant role in saving the species, which is being decimated by an insect from Asia. Kim Steiner, professor of forest biology, and molecular geneticist John Carlson are looking at the genetic mechanisms by which surviving trees might be battling the insects.
American Chestnut Restoration Effort Getting a Boost From Molecular Geneticists
November 10, 2016
The 27-year-old traditional breeding program, which has attempted to infuse blight resistance from the Chinese chestnut tree into American chestnuts, is receiving a boost from tree molecular geneticists at Penn State and five other universities working collaboratively in a bid to improve the process. While traditional breeding has been taking place, so have parallel lines of research into genetic modification and also bio-control of the fungus that causes the blight.
Prescribed fire at Penn State’s Stone Valley Forest scheduled for November
November 7, 2016
Between now and the third week in November, the Forestland Management Office in the Penn State Department of Ecosystem Science and Management will permit the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) to complete one prescribed fire within the boundary of the Penn State Stone Valley Forest in northern Huntingdon County.