Molecular ecology views: Shenandoah butternuts

Sean Hoban, a postdoc at the Università di Ferrara, Italy, sends along these photos from his Ph.D. fieldwork on endangered butternut trees in beautiful Shenandoah National Park, USA. Many more pictures of Sean’s field work in forests across the eastern US and Canada, and some botanic gardens, can be found here.

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Butternut

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An even rarer find, this small, furry, green egg-shape is the fruit of the butternut. Very few populations are now producing fruit due to the disease. Sean performed a study of one of the only known regenerating populations, to determine parentage and seed movement.

About Jeremy Yoder

Jeremy Yoder is an Assistant Professor of Biology at California State University, Northridge. He also blogs at Denim and Tweed, and tweets under the handle @jbyoder.
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