Meet a Scientist: Jonathan Mahoney

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
December 16, 2017

Meet a Scientist: Jonathan Mahoney

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Jonathan Mahoney is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Arnold Arboretum and a recipient of the Deland Award for Student Research. Learn more about his work breeding the next generation of antioxidant-rich fruits in this interview for ARBlog.   What are you studying at the Arnold Arboretum? I’m studying applied plant breeding of Aronia (chokeberry), whose fruits are […]

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A close-up of Chinese catalpa

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
November 15, 2015

A close-up of Chinese catalpa

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This week at the Arnold Arboretum, Catalpa ovata (the Chinese or yellow catalpa) is beginning to release its stunning lighter-than-air seeds from hundreds of foot-long skinny pods. The trees are otherwise bare, leaves shed earlier in the fall, and each forlorn tree looks as if covered with woody icicles swaying in the breeze (bottom right, […]

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The swimming of the Ginkgo sperm

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
September 11, 2015

The swimming of the Ginkgo sperm

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It is happening right now at the Arnold Arboretum – this very week. One of the most bizarre mating rituals imaginable is playing out on our female (seed-bearing) ginkgo trees. Inside the beautiful inch-in-diameter seeds, pairs of huge sperm are being produced by the pollen tubes that grew out of the pollen grains released by […]

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