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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Variability in Plant Hydraulic Traits Explain Differences in Drought Tolerance Among Amazon Rainforests

May 29, 2017
A study led by Thomas Powell (Moorcroft Lab), former OEB PhD student, James Wheeler (Holbrook Lab) and Paul Moorcroft examined the unknown effects of drought tolerance among mature Amazon rainforest trees. The study found the differences in xylem and leaf hydraulic traits not only explained the differences in drought tolerance among mature Amazon rainforest trees, but is critical in determining the fate of Read more about Variability in Plant Hydraulic Traits Explain Differences in Drought Tolerance Among Amazon Rainforests
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