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Ben Goulet receives award

by Faye Rosin, Director of Research Facilitation
May 1, 2018

Genetic mechanisms of reinforcement

by Faye Rosin, Director of Research Facilitation
May 1, 2018

A celebration of spring, Lilac Sunday arrives May 13

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
April 20, 2018

A celebration of spring, Lilac Sunday arrives May 13

2018 winning design by Julie Pritchard

Lilac Sunday celebrates 110 years in Boston with events from 10am–3pm Pack a picnic…it’s Lilac Sunday! For 110 years, families have made the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University a premier destination to welcome the arrival of the flowering season in Boston. The annual observance of Lilac Sunday—this year celebrated on Sunday, May 13—centers on the […]

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Nor’easters exact toll on Arboretum trees

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
March 15, 2018

Nor’easters exact toll on Arboretum trees

Picea x notha 13406-A

Three consecutive nor’easters in March left their mark on the renowned tree collections at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, with some 30 Arboretum accessions lost or slated for removal due to major damage. The most devastating of the three storms at the Arboretum was the first, Winter Storm Riley, which slammed Boston and much […]

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In plant tug-of-war, mom wins

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
March 15, 2018

Catapulting pollen

by Faye Rosin, Director of Research Facilitation
March 1, 2018

Spring into Science! Tree Spotters and TreeVersity at the MIT Citizen Science Fair

by Danny Schissler, Research and Projects Coordinator, Friedman Lab
February 19, 2018

Spring into Science! Tree Spotters and TreeVersity at the MIT Citizen Science Fair

MIT citizen science fair

At the Arboretum and across the globe, volunteers are challenging the notion that science happens behind closed doors. Citizen scientists—individuals who contribute their time and efforts towards observation and data collection—are transforming the nature of scientific discovery through their collaborative efforts with professional researchers. Around the world, citizen scientists work alongside professionals in fields ranging […]

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Harvard researchers discover a new species of hemlock

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
February 7, 2018

Harvard researchers discover a new species of hemlock

Ulleungdo hemlock

Peter Del Tredici, Senior Research Scientist Emeritus at the Arboretum, co-authored a study on the discovery of a new hemlock from Korea. The first novel conifer species to be described in a decade, the Ulleungdo hemlock interests biologists and horticulturists due to its natural resistance to the hemlock woolly adelgid.

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Botanizing in the “Mother of Gardens”

by Meghana Srinivasan, Marketing and Communications Specialist
January 10, 2018

Botanizing in the “Mother of Gardens”

China Expedition 2017_Jonathan Shaw

With three to four times the botanical diversity of North America, China is a hotspot in our search for rare and unusual plants. Last September, the Arboretum joined a two-week expedition in Sichuan with the North America-China Plant Exploration Consortium (NACPEC). Harvard Magazine’s Jonathan Shaw shares the compelling story of the team’s journey, unforeseen challenges, […]

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The future of wine grapes

by Faye Rosin, Director of Research Facilitation
January 8, 2018

The future of wine grapes

Elizabeth Wolkovich

Most wine is produced from the same 12 varieties of grapes. Agricultural crops, including wine grapes, are predicted to be greatly impacted by climate change. Published in Nature Climate Change, Elizabeth Wolkovich, Ignacio Morales-Castilla and co-workers discuss how the other ~1100 varieties of grapes available, and the diversity of their attributes, may play an important role in the future. Read more» abstract»

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Phloem vascular network

by Faye Rosin, Director of Research Facilitation
January 8, 2018

The Arnold Arboretum Collector’s Tool Kit: A new resource for expedition collectors

by Meghana Srinivasan, Marketing and Communications Specialist
December 19, 2017

The Arnold Arboretum Collector’s Tool Kit: A new resource for expedition collectors

Expedition toolkit_pages

As The Campaign for the Living Collections sources new, rare, and endangered plant material for the Arnold Arboretum Living Collections, it also generates new knowledge and best practices for conducting expeditions. To document this information and share it with the botanical garden community, the Arboretum has created a Expedition Tool Kit [pdf] which will serve […]

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