September 10, 2021
Science on Friday: Soil, Mushrooms & a Recipe, Too!
We continue to celebrate September: National Mushroom Month. Mushrooms are amazing (and delicious) and definitely deserve a month of focus and celebration. Today we’ll take a look at how soil and mushrooms interact and support each other.Read more
September 8, 2021
Breaking News: Pollinators contribute to flowering plant diversity
Holden Forests & Gardens (HF&G) Scientist Na Wei, Ph.D., and her collaborators from the University of Pittsburgh and East Tennessee State University discovered how pollinators may contribute to the maintenance of flowering plant diversity. This study that accelerates our understanding of biodiversity conservation is now published in the journal Nature.Read more
September 3, 2021
Science on Friday – A Book About Mushrooms & a Recipe
With summer turning into autumn, September is a great time of year to see mushrooms in the forest. Mushrooms are a type of sporocarp, or the fruiting body of fungi, and the month of September offers just the right temperature and soil moisture for fungi to fruit. We love the beauty of the forest floor filled with sporocarps during September; it’s a great time of year for a mushroom foray! “What is a mushroom foray?” you might ask. It is an organized hike where a group of people head into the forest and look for mushrooms. Sometimes the group is organized to hunt for edible mushrooms; other times it is for a scientific study; and sometimes it is just to enjoy the beauty of the mushrooms! You can join us for a foray at Holden Arboretum on September 18th! The purpose of our foray will be to learn about Ohio’s native mushrooms and how to identify them and will be led by Claudia Bashian-Victoroff (register here). We hope you can join us for a fun morning!Read more
September 1, 2021
September is National Mushroom Month
By Sabrina Kozsey, Gardener
Happy National Mushroom Month!
September is one of our favorite months at Holden Forests & Gardens. Why? Because it is National Mushroom Month. Many people celebrate National Mushroom Month by cooking and eating their favorite mushrooms. And we do too! But, we also celebrate the month by appreciating all that fungi do for forest health and the natural world around us. We have classes for you to take devoted to mushrooms and we’ll be posting on our blog all month long too.
We launch the month with some incredible photographs of mushrooms found at the botanical garden taken by gardener Sabrina Kozey.
Here we go!
Prior to being a Gardener at the Cleveland Botanical Garden, I was lucky enough to work in natural areas that did not have public access. I found some fascinating fungi that I had never seen before. It sparked an interest in fungi and mushrooms and now wherever I go in nature I always keep my eyes peeled for a marvelous mushroom to photograph. Even though you can find some interesting ones in areas less travelled, there are also some pretty awesome ones where you least expect them along popular trails. I know fungi Is not the first thing on your mind when visiting a botanical garden, but you can often find some wonderful ones around here. I am brand new to mushroom identification, which I have discovered can often be quite difficult. So, I am not going to try and identify all these mushrooms I have found (hopefully in the future I can) but here are some of the mushrooms I have seen around the Cleveland Botanical Garden, Enjoy!
August 23, 2021
What is in a Plant Physiologist’s Toolkit?: Measuring Photosynthesis
If you are a plant lover, chances are you often find yourself thinking about photosynthesis in some way. You may move a house plant to a bright window so that it can use energy from light to fix carbon from the atmosphere and use that carbon to build tissues as it grows. Or, perhaps you want your vegetable garden to give you delicious tomatoes, so you choose the best conditions to maximize fruit production.Read more
August 16, 2021
Researchers, Horticulturists, and Volunteers Team Up to Leverage Long-Term Pollinator Data
Pollinators are the friends of plants and people. Most flowering plants (~80%) are animal pollinated. Sadly, there is a global trend in pollinator declines, especially under the changing climates. To conserve pollinators, Holden Forests & Gardens has been monitoring pollinators at the arboretum since 2015.Read more
August 13, 2021
Climate Change and Earlier Springs – How Are Plants Responding Around the World?
By Katie Stuble, PhD, Scientist
Climate Change and Earlier Springs – How Are Plants Responding Around the World?Read more
August 10, 2021
Katie Stuble is Lead Author on a Paper in BioScience
Holden scientist and research chair, Katie Stuble, has been exploring ways in which we can harness the power in biological data collected over time and across many sites to understand how climate change is impacting our natural world. A new paper stemming from this work has just been published in the scientific journal BioScience.
Stuble KL, S Des Roches, A Ambrose, KC Brown, H Cooper, T Hilton, B Sinervo, LR Fox (2021) Regional networks of biological field stations to study climate change. BioScience 71(8): 874-882.
August 6, 2021
Claudia’s Travel Blog: A Research Excursion through Armenia
When you think of the country Armenia, what comes to mind? Maybe you know of a few famous Armenians, such as Cher or the Kardashians. More importantly, you may know that President Biden recently became the first U.S. president to acknowledge the Armenian genocide, which began in 1915. What you might not know is that Armenia is an ancient and yet contemporary civilization situated within a biodiversity hotspot, the Caucasus Mountain range. The region is home to more than 6000 species of plants, 153 species of mammals and 400 species of birds, some of which are endemic (or exclusive) to Armenia. Armenia is home to large stretches of undisturbed primary forests and the Armenian people have a long history of land stewardship, and of intimate connection with the unique and beautiful landscape.Read more
August 6, 2021
Holden Researchers Present at ESA
Holden researchers have spent this week attending one of the world’s largest gatherings of ecologists: the annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America. This year, four Holden researchers are presenting their work into urban trees, forest management, and more.Read more
July 23, 2021
The Name Game
By Connor Ryan, Rhododendron Collections Manager
Much of the research we have historically done at the HF&G’s David G. Leach Research Station is directly focused on new plant development. We are trying to breed the next generation of rhododendrons for the gardening public. The scientific, horticultural, and business aspects of plant introduction could be written about ad nauseam, but today, I would like to discuss something at the intersection of all three – naming.Read more
July 16, 2021
Holden Students Reach for the Moon, Land Among the Stars
By Juliana Medeiros , Plant Biologist
One of the most important aspects of our work in the HF&G research department is mentoring students in independent research projects. Our research students include undergraduates and graduate students who come to us from the greater Cleveland area and beyond, to work on projects addressing important questions in ecology and evolutionary biology.Read more
July 9, 2021
Annual SEARCH Symposium Held Virtually
Interns from the Research and Conservation departments presented their summer projects at the annual SEARCH symposium. This year, SEARCH was held virtually on July 9th and included online posters that are still available for viewing at Make:Projects.
July 8, 2021
Biological Time Capsules
By Connor Ryan, Rhododendron Collections Manager
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July 1, 2021
The Annual Bioscience Alliance Intern Fun Days Returned in 2021
By Courtney Blashka, David Burke, Juliana Medeiros, Sarah Kyker, Jessica Miller, Connor Ryan, Katie Stuble, Rebecah Troutman, and Na Wei
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June 17, 2021
Jessica LaBella Receives Garden Club of America Scholarship
Holden’s Norweb Fellow, Jessica LaBella, has been selected as this year’s recipient of the Corliss Knap Engle Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded from the Garden Club of America in collaboration with the Botanic Gardens Conservation International – U.S.
June 11, 2021
Homogenized Biota in an Era of Urban Expansion and Globalization
By Caleb Lumsden, Research Department Intern
Research Department intern Caleb Lumsden shares his knowledge on biotic homogenization in today’s Science on Fridays with Holden blog.Read more
June 4, 2021
2021 Holden Summer Intern Program
The HF&G’s Research, Community Forestry and Conservation teams are excited about the arrival of the 2021 cohort of interns. This year, HF&G leverages resources and opportunities across departments and campuses to allow our interns gain the finest in knowledge, experience, and skills for future career success.Read more
May 21, 2021
Hot in the city – Can tree seedlings from urban areas beat the heat?
Urban development is expanding rapidly, leaving a patchwork of small, isolated forests in its wake. Urban areas tend to have more paved surfaces that retain heat leading to an urban heat island effect. Nearby, forests are subjected to higher temperatures leading to higher evaporative demand from leaf surfaces while soil compaction and altered water flow can lead to limited soil water availability. This may be particularly detrimental for young seedlings that are vulnerable to desiccation.Read more
May 19, 2021
Na Wei is Lead Author on a Paper in Molecular Ecology
Holden Scientist, Na Wei is the lead author on a paper titled “Pollinators mediate floral microbial diversity and microbial network under agrochemical disturbance.” This research is published in the March issue of Molecular Ecology.
May 15, 2021
Jessica LaBella Receives BSA Student Travel Award
Holden’s Norweb Fellow, Jessica LaBella, has received a travel award from the Botanical Society of America. Jessica will use this award to attend the annual BOTANY meeting in July 2021 where she will present her research from Holden.
May 14, 2021
Presenting Science Virtually
Information sharing is the cornerstone of science. Scientific conferences are a key venue for this information sharing – places where scientists present recent findings and hear what others are working on. Scientists, including the researchers at Holden, travel around the globe to share information with colleagues. As a scientist myself, attendance at conferences and invited seminars has become one of the best ways to learn about new research in the field ! However, in March of 2020, when it became necessary for us to stay socially distant due to COVID-19, in-person scientific conferences were cancelled.Read more
May 11, 2021
Sharon Danielson Receives Fellowship from the Garden Club of America
Holden graduate student, Sharon Danielson, has received the Fellowship in Urban Forestry from the Garden Club of America and in partnership with the Botanic Gardens Conservation International – U.S.
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