Next Tree Mob™ -
3:00 pm, June 4, 2015

Jon Mahohey in field of Aronia
Mixing It Up in the Rosaceae

Jonathan Mahoney, a researcher at the University of Connecticut, is investigating intergeneric plants. At the Arnold Arboretum, he is specifically studying the intergenerics × Sorbaronia and × Sorbopyrus along with their parent genera Aronia, Sorbus, and Pyrus. Look closely at those intergeneric names and you’ll understand that these plants are not “faithful” to genus, as most plants are, but instead are able to interbreed with other genera in the same family. Jon will speak about biological pathways for reproduction and hybridization in general and specifically about the desirable commercial traits of Aronia and related pome fruits. Meet in the Bradley Rosaceous Collection along Willow Path at 3:00pm on Thursday, June 4 at Acc. # 759-78*C.

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What’s a Tree Mob™?

Tree Mobs are interactions with scientists or other specialists at the Arnold Arboretum, and provide another pathway to enjoy and learn in the landscape. Experts share little-known facts about our living plant collection, its relevance today, and its importance to future generations. A Tree Mob may attract a small group or a large gathering—we won’t know until it takes place. Join us in the landscape and discover something new.

What can I expect?

Plan to spend approximately 30 minutes learning about an interesting component of our collection. You can then continue your exploration of the Arnold Arboretum on your own. Tree Mobs are time, date, and location specific.

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