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Biocultural Diversity for Food System Transformation Under Global Environmental Change

Biocultural diversity is central to the nutrition, resilience, and adaptive capacity of Indigenous and traditional peoples, who collectively maintain the longest ongoing human experiences with the provision of food under environmental change. In the...

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10/18/21
Urban Arboreta: Havens of Biodiversity Provide Important Information on Tree Pests

Starting in 2015, the USDA Forest Service entered a partnership with Arnold Arboretum (Boston, MA) and Green-Wood Cemetery (Brooklyn, NY) to sample stressed trees for native and non-native wood boring insect species, specifically targeting potential...

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10/18/21
Bartlett: Needle Diseases of Conifers

Needlecast and needle blight are terms applied to a variety of foliage disorders of many coniferous species. These diseases are usually more severe on young trees or on trees growing outside of their natural range. Disease severity and corresponding...

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9/15/21
Hot & Cold on Crabapple Pruning

Read an explanation by David Rettig (owner Rettig LLC), and Ayse Pogue (Senior Horticulturist
Chicago Botanic Garden) on winter and summer pruning, enhancing the crabapple's gnarled, rigid branches full of character and age.

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9/2/21
Benefits of Compost

Compost has a variety of benefits, both from an environmental standpoint as well as in ensuring the integrity of your project. When used correctly, compost saves money through reduced maintenance costs, ensures your project is more sustainable, and...

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8/31/21
Uncovering Historic Daffodils at The New York Botanical Garden

The New York Botanical Garden’s daffodil collection was established in 1898 with a gift of about 52 varieties from British horticulturist Peter Barr. In 1924 the collection grew exponentially with a naturalized planting across a sprawling hillside in...

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8/27/21
A Plant That ‘Cannot Die’ Reveals Its Genetic Secrets

Events in the genome of Welwitschia have given it the ability to survive in an unforgiving desert for thousands of years. In a recent study researchers report some of the genetic secrets behind Welwitschia’s unique shape, extreme longevity and profound...

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8/3/21
Tree Equity Score: Ensuring Tree Cover in Cities is Equitable

The story is the same in nearly every city across the United States. With few exceptions, trees are sparse in socioeconomically disadvantaged neighborhoods and more prominent in wealthier, whiter neighborhoods. Redlining policies, dating back to the...

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7/2/21
See Bizarre Seeds and Fruits from around the Globe

When it comes to admiring plants, flowers can hog all the attention. And though the ephemeral blooms may be dazzling, what appears after the petals fade—the fruits and seeds—are elegant in their own right.

In his new book The Hidden Beauty of...

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7/2/21
Moss and Moss Substitutes for Japanese Gardens

Moss, used as a ground cover, can create a feeling of being surrounded by a lush and ancient space. Mosses have become an attractive feature of Japanese gardens starting in the late 1800’s. In many areas outside of Japan, however, face challenges...

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7/2/21
Why ‘tiny forests’ are popping up in big cities

Community forests the size of a basketball court can make an outsized difference, providing shade, attracting plants and animals, and even storing a bit of carbon.

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6/25/21
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6/18/21
Winter Salt Injury and Salt-Tolerant Landscape Plants

This publication focuses on recognizing and preventing plant damage caused by de-icing salts, evaluates the pros and cons fo alternatives to rock salt, and provides a list of salt tolerant plants. 

Author: Laura Jull, assoicate professor of...

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6/18/21
Ten golden rules for reforestation to optimize carbon sequestration, biodiversity recovery and livelihood benefits

Urgent solutions to global climate change are needed. Ambitious tree-planting initiatives, many already underway, aim to sequester enormous quantities of carbon to partly compensate for anthropogenic CO2 emissions, which are a major cause of rising...

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6/18/21
The Impact of COVID-19 on Horticulture: Critical Issues and Opportunities Derived from an Unexpected Occurrence

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing many victims worldwide and has generated a serious economic crisis. Substantial changes have occurred in the food and ornamental production chains. The aim of the present review has been to summarize some of the main...

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6/3/21
A Landscape-Level Assessment of Restoration Resource Allocation for the Eastern Monarch Butterfly

The Monarch butterfly eastern population (Danaus plexippus) is in decline primarily due to habitat loss. Current habitat restoration programs focus on re-establishing milkweed, the primary food resource for Monarch caterpillars, in the central United...

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5/25/21
What You May Not Know About Poison Ivy

Poison ivy is irritating, but this unpopular native plant also has underappreciated superpowers. This article gives you information about how to spot it and deal with it.

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5/17/21
Japanese Garden Plants for Hot Dry Climates

Traditional Japanese Garden plants languish in hot dry zones. Selecting alternative plants more suited for these climates increases success and enjoyment of your garden.. The plants highlighted in this article are selected for hardiness and suitability...

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5/14/21
Challenges to the Reforestation Pipeline in the United States

This article from Frontiers in Forests and Global Change explores large-scale global reforestation goals in the US. The authors used GIS analyses, surveys of nursery managers and foresters, and literature synthesis to assess the opportunities and...

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4/29/21
A Threat to Ecological Investments: Plant Pathogens in Landscape Restoration Projects

To repair ecological damage caused by construction, landscape managers typically apply restoration techniques - but what if these activities further damage the ecology? Invasive Phytophthora pathogens have been inadvertently introduced to...

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4/29/21

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