Dendrology

Oak Genome Reveals Facets of Long Lifespan

New research published in Nature Plants provides insights into why oaks are long lived. 

North America is home to 91 species of oak trees. Astoundingly, the various species rarely, if ever, occur alone. Where one kind of oak is found, invariably at least one more will be found. How can nature support a setup like that when it operates on the principle that only the fittest survive in any one setting?

Illinois State Museum features dwarf chinkapin oak, discovered in Illinois during an IOS Tour, as part of the Illinois Bicentennial exhibition.

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