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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L. Mahadevan Employs Mathematical Framework To Explain The Growth and Form of Shoots

L. Mahadevan Employs Mathematical Framework To Explain The Growth and Form of Shoots

March 24, 2017

L. Mahadevan's research in the Journal of Royal Society Interface uses mathematical models to form a theory of how stems and shoots develop a sense of self and environment to grow in the manner they do. More information and videos can be found at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and  Read more about L. Mahadevan Employs Mathematical Framework To Explain The Growth and Form of Shoots

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Colossal Blossom: Charles Davis Studies Rafflesia's Peculiar Genetics

February 22, 2017

Charles Davis first encountered the Rafflesia arnoldii flower in a small village in northern Borneo while studying the region's plant diversity. Many years later, Davis, Director of the Harvard University Herbaria and Curator of Vascular Plants, continues his research on the mysterious, beautiful bloom that attracts flies with its surprising scent of rotting meat. Davis's research is featured in the current issue of Harvard Magazine.

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