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The Canadian Chestnut Council

31st Annual General Meeting

Saturday, October 19, 2019.  Tim Horton Children's Foundation Onondaga Farms Gather at 11 a.m. meeting 12:00 further details as they become available.

Featured Speaker : Dr. Myron L. Smith

Dr. Myron L Smith is a Professor of Biology at Carleton University. He served as Chair of the Department of Biology from 2012-2016, Director of the Institute of Biochemistry from 2002-2007 and is a member of the Institute of Environmental Science. Dr. Smith teaches courses in general and molecular genetics, biotechnology, mycology and molecular ecology. His research encompasses genetics, molecular biology, microbiology and general biology and focuses on four main themes: i) deciphering the biochemical and genetic bases of nonself recognition-associated cell death, ii) identification and characterization of new antibiotics from ethnobotanical leads and from agroforestry and bioprocessing ‘waste’ for use in health, food and industrial applications, iii) development of methods to identify and enumerate microbial strains for environmental monitoring, and iv) application of genetic markers to life history studies. This research spans questions of basic biological interest and has biotechnology applications in diverse areas that include health, agrifood, environment, and biofuels.

Dr. Smith obtained his Bachelor’s degree, specializing in botany, at the University of Alberta in 1984. His Master’s Thesis was awarded in 1987 at the University of Toronto at Mississauga, specializing in genetics within the Biotechnology Program, as was his Doctorate 5 years later. Following his Ph.D., Dr. Smith received NSERC and Killam Post-Doctoral Fellowships to carry out genetics research in the Biotechnology Laboratories at the University of British Columbia. In 2001, he spent the year as a visiting scientist at Cornell University in the Plant Pathology Department.



Don’t forget to renew your 2019 Membership!
The membership year runs from October 1 to September 30.

To apply for annual membership, please complete and mail the Membership Form to:
Mr. Terry Anderson, Secretary
The Canadian Chestnut Council
888 Road 3, East Kingsville, ON N9Y 2E5
Membership fees and donations are tax deductible.

Click here to download the Membership Form as a PDF...

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A Legend In Crisis

A Legend in Crisis is a short documentary brought to you by the Canadian Chestnut Council. This short documentary is intended to help spread the word about the history and current status of the American Chestnut in Canada. It will introduce you to the history, biology and blight affecting this species. It also includes an update on research and conservation strategies aimed at its recovery. It was produced in 2009 thanks to the generous support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation.


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