Michigan Chestnut Industry Research Priorities

Midwest Chestnut Producers Council - Nonprofit for chestnut research and teaching
Josh Springer, Ph.D.

  1. Chestnut Integrated Pest management
  • Tree health: Chestnut blight and Asian chestnut gall wasp
  • Crop quality and yield: Chestnut weevil and nut rots (e.g. brown rot)
  • Sustainability: Optimize pesticide use.
  1. Horticultural Advancements
  • Improved germplasm
    • Screening cultivars for Michigan suitability
    • Tissue culture propagation
  • Address biannual bearing
  • Optimize water and nutrient management
  1. Harvest and Processing Technology
  • Machine harvester improvements
  • Postharvest handling to optimize quality
  1. Economics and Marketing
  • Branding and promotion
  • Consumer preferences
  • New product development


Last Updated: August 2021