These are a number of papers I have either written myself or discovered as part of my research.
In 2009, Prof Giancarlo Bounous was editing a book on the worldwide chestnut industry. His idea was to have a chapter on each country written by local experts. It was an honour to be asked to write the chapter on the Australian chestnut industry and Brian chipped in with editing and making sure I didn’t leave anything important out as did local grower David McIntrye and researcher Ray Borschmann. Chestnut Footprints. When the book was launched at the I European Congress on Chestnuts in Cuneo, Italy in 2009 I was there and much to my surprise a photo of our orchard (which I had personally taken) was on the front cover. Here is the original photo.
Chestnut Culture In California
This paper was written in 2000 by Paul Vossen of the University of California but is full of interesting information that is still very relevant today. His description of the four main chestnut species – Japanese, American, Chinese and European chestnuts is very clear although the varieties now being grown in the US have progressed with a number of new varieties being introduced. Chestnut Culture in California.
History of Chestnut Cultivation in Europe
This article from 2008 is well researched and written. Chestnuts have been in Europe since 2100-2050 B.C which proves what an ancient tree they are and cements their importance throughout history as a food and timber source. History of Chestnut Cultivation in Europe.