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

by Danny Schissler, Research Assistant, 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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Brookline students showcase botanical illustrations at the Arnold Arboretum

by Kate Stonefoot, Manager of Visitor Engagement
December 18, 2017

Brookline students showcase botanical illustrations at the Arnold Arboretum

Brookline High Student - Sketching

Drawing for Understanding in Field Science is an innovative course for high school students that combines natural science and visual art. Developed at Brookline High School with a grant from The 21st Century Fund, the course helps students study and understand the natural world through observational drawing. The students’ botanical illustration projects are currently on […]

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Reproductive development in pawpaw

by Faye Rosin, Director of Research Facilitation
December 15, 2017

Reproductive development in pawpaw

Juan Losada
While the pawpaw, (Asimina triloba) is one of few native North American fruit trees, not much is known about its flower and fruit development. Juan Losada (Arboretum Fellow), Iñaki Hormaza and Jorge Lora (Jewett Prize Recipient) examined its development in American Journal of Botany. Complementing this work, the genome of Asimina triloba, 12708*A, is being sequenced with support from an Arboretum Sequencing Award. abstract»

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Tall trees and sugar transport

by Faye Rosin, Director of Research Facilitation
December 8, 2017

Tall trees and sugar transport

Jessica Savage

New research in Nature Plants by Jessica Savage, Juan Losada, and Missy Holbrook finally answers the long standing question of how trees maintain efficient sugar transport as they grow taller. They found that the phloem structure, the vascular tissue that transports carbohydrates, changes with increasing height. abstract» Harvard Gazette »

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Director William (Ned) Friedman elected to the Linnean Society

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
December 4, 2017

Director William (Ned) Friedman elected to the Linnean Society

William (Ned) Friedman

William (Ned) Friedman, Arnold Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology (Harvard University), and Director and Faculty Fellow of the Arnold Arboretum, has been elected a Foreign Member of the Linnean Society of London (FMLS)—one of only fifty scholars in the world to be distinguished with the honor. The Linnean Society of London serves science as […]

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Be An Engineer!

by Ana Maria Caballero McGuire, Children’s Education Fellow
November 15, 2017

Watch Arboretum Research Talks LIVE online

by Faye Rosin, Director of Research Facilitation
October 26, 2017

Watch Arboretum Research Talks LIVE online

Jacob Suissa

The Arboretum is pleased to announce that you now have a choice in how you watch Arboretum Research Talks. Starting on Monday at 12:10pm, you can attend a talk in person or you can watch live on the Arboretum’s YouTube channel. The live stream video is entitled “Arnold Arboretum Live Stream” (and is visible only when a live stream is in progress.) Research talks dive deep into the data and are free and open to the public.

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