The Plant Biology Initiative at Harvard University

Harvard University is home to a wide range of plant biologists, primarily situated in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and the research programs of the Arnold Arboretum and the Harvard Forest. These researchers apply a diverse array of tools and approaches to investigate questions in plant evolution, ecology, physiology, development and molecular biology. Our program takes full advantage of the exceptional resources of Harvard University, which include ~5,000,000 preserved specimens of the Harvard University Herbaria (HUH), the Botanical Libraries of the HUH, the living collections of the Arnold Arboretum, the 3500 acre Harvard Forest, and the resources and expertise of the FAS Center for Systems Biology.

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A Painfully Interesting Subject

A Painfully Interesting Subject

October 17, 2016

Don Pfister and Jean Beagle Ristaino's latest article in BioScience"What a Painfully Interesting Subject": Charles Darwin's Studies of Potato Late Blight, looks closely at the pathogen, Phytophthora infestans.  The pathogen, responsible for the 1845 Ireland famine, is still wreaking havoc on potatoes and tomatoes in the United States and many areas of the world and is considered a threat to global food security.

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