Next Tree Mob™ -
3:45pm, January 5, 2017

Santiago-Blay Smithsonian Mag
Tree Mob™! Resin or Not? Plant Exudate

Thursday, January 5, 3:45pm in Hunnewell Building

Many plants, especially trees, ooze exudates (the gooey stuff, for example, dripping down the trunk of a white pine). Plant exudates include numerous organic products such as resins, gums, and kinos. Smithsonian paleobiologist Jorge Santiago-Blay will be collecting samples from the Arnold Arboretum to add to his project to spectrometrically survey the plant exudates of the world. Find out why plants ooze and what that substance can reveal about ancient environments in Earth’s history. Meet in the Hunnewell Building Lecture Hall on Thursday, January 5 at 3:45pm to learn more. If the weather is pleasant, plan for some time outdoors.

Join us for a Tree Mob™!

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.

How does it work?

We will communicate about Tree Mobs by various means (see below). Using mobile technologies, such as a smartphone with location-awareness enabled, you will be able to navigate to the event location. You can also view and print a map we will provide with the day’s Tree Mob location on our website. With directions in hand, proceed to the designated meeting place to participate in our experiment for spontaneous learning.

How can I be notified?

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