Soddy Daisy High School Students Take on Chestnut Tree Project

Crossbreeding a hybrid of American and Chinese Chestnut Trees has become a passion for UTC biology professor and coordinator of the Chattanooga Chestnut Tree Project, Dr. Hill Craddock. His work is part of a national effort to grow a blight resistant chestnut tree, and now he is getting Soddy-Daisy students involved.

Students in Jim Watson's ecology class planted saplings at Soddy-Daisy High School after school on Tuesday, December 12. Students get extra credit by participating in the project, according to Craddock.

"With the success of this effort, we could have a long-term research project opportunity that contributes to chestnut restoration," Craddock says. "The restoration depends on enthusiastic volunteers, and we are looking to these Soddy-Daisy students to get interested in the project."

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