from the field to the lab

News at a glance: Q&A with E. O. Wilson

Today in the journal Science,  renowned biologist and writer Edward O. Wilson reflects on his experiences in the Florida panhandle, and answers some questions about the critically endangered Florida torreya tree. Three Qs E. O. Wilson wants to save rare Florida tree Government officials, conservationists, and researchers—including renowned Harvard University biologist Edward O. Wilson—will gather […]

Grafting class

With spring in the air, today was a good day for a grafting workshop. Forest pathology students used grafting techniques at the SFRC Plant Growth Complex, with quaking aspen rootstock and scions collected in Texas.

Ocheesee Landing on the Apalachicola River

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) dismantled and relocated the historic  Gregory House from its original location at Ocheesee Landing across the Apalachicola River to the east bank. The high bluffs overlooking the mighty river provide one of north Florida’s most scenic landscapes. The Gregory House is now home to the visitor center at Torreya State […]

Announcing: Torreya – Tree of Life event!

The Florida Torreya, Torreya taxifolia, is in grave danger of disappearing from the wild. Its range has shrunk to three counties on the Florida-Georgia border northwest of Tallahassee. Given this last opportunity to learn about the natural biome of a rare and beautiful conifer, a team of biologists will assemble at Torreya State Park on […]

FBRC annual meeting at Austin Cary

Today Dr. Hulcr, Dr. Smith and Dr. Carton de Grammont are at the Forest Biology Research Cooperative annual meeting talking about Forest Health and the role that ProForest plays in furthering collaborative research, extension and education. The meeting is at the beautiful Austin Cary Memorial Forest. Just a reminder of how a #health #managed #forest looks!

Redbay planting at Ordway-Swisher Biological Station

It was a cold and rainy north central Florida December day, but that didn’t slow down restoration planting of redbay seedlings at a protected site near Gainesville, FL. Strains of redbay that have displayed resistance to the laurel wilt pathogen were planted in the cool wet weather. They will be studied in the effort to […]

Survey at Torreya State Park

Biologists from the Florida Park Service and US FWS, conservation researchers from the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, local volunteers and the UF/SFRC Forest Pathology lab gathered in the panhandle of Florida on steep ravines near the Apalachicola River to survey pockets of the wild population of Torreya taxifolia.  Most of the previously mapped trees were found […]

No rest for the laurels: symbiotic invaders cause unprecedented damage to southern USA forests

Laurel wilt is an extraordinarily destructive exotic tree disease in the southeastern United States that involves new-encounter hosts in the Lauraceae, an introduced vector (Xyleborus glabratus) and pathogen symbiont (Raffaelea lauricola). USDA Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis data were used to estimate that over 300 million trees of redbay (Persea borbonia sensu lato) have succumbed […]

No rest on our laurels and please save the guac!

Today Jason Smith will be speaking at Purdue Forestry and Natural Resources graduate seminar today about the current state and future impacts of Laurel Wilt Disease. Laurel wilt talk at Purdue