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.
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. (image courtesy Read more about A Painfully Interesting Subject
David Des Marais (OEB Research Associate and Senior Fellow of the Arnold Arboretum) has been awarded a grant from the Department of Energy’s Joint Genome Institute to investigate the genetic basis of annual and perennial strategies in plants. David will lead a team of scientists from University of Wisconsin, the University of Vermont, Michigan State University, and the University of Zaragosa (Spain). The team will work with several species in the grass genus Brachpodium growing in the Arnold Arboretum's Weld Hill Research building. Read more about David Des Marais Awarded DOE's Joint Genome Institute Grant
Lizzie Wolkovich'slatest study shows warmer weather from climate change has led to a higher production of fine wines in France. But as temperatures continue to rise, the trend is not likely to last. Full Story.
Andrew Richardson helps BBC's Earth's Greatest Spectacles team track seasonal rhythms by filming trees at the Harvard Forest for one year, documenting changes in the New England forest. Full Story. Video Here.