Tag Archives: Trees

The Reincarnation Of A Tree

The video below is a little on the cheesy side, but it’s an interesting take on the making of a baseball bat from White Ash trees.  I thought I would post it to you in honor of the professional baseball postseason in the United States right now.  Ash trees across the Eastern United States, and particularly in Pennsylvania, are quickly being destroyed by the Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive beetle which spreads fungal infections from tree to tree, so many baseball bat manufacturers are moving to using Sugar Maple.

There is a difference between the wood structure (i.e. cell wall morphology) between Ash and Maple and these slight differences in the wood grain effect how the ball is hit and how far it goes or how much control a batter has over where a ball is hit; at least some players tend to prefer one type of wood over another.

Bioenergy Trees – Meeting Summary for a New Phytologist Symposium

I already mentioned (here and here) the New Phytologist Symposium on Bioenergy Trees, but I’d like to let you know that my meeting commentary has been published in the journal.  I highly recommend attending one of the many New Phytologist Symposia based on their intimate size and the excellent quality of speakers.

Schatz Tree Genetics Colloquium: Genetics, Ecology, and Management of Walnuts & Butternut

The Schatz Tree Genetics Colloquium is a biennial meeting focusing on the genetics of trees.  The purpose of this colloquium series is to advance the knowledge of tree genetics, breeding, and ecology, with each biennial meeting focusing on a specific family, genus, or species of tree (s).

This year’s colloquium meeting is entitled: Genetics, Ecology, and Management of Walnuts and Butternut.  This meeting will be held at the beautiful locale of the Penn State Mont Alto campus, on July 11th and 12th, 2011.  Registration for the meeting is FREE, although there is a $20 cost for the closing banquet.  Advanced registration is required as there is no on-site registration for the meeting.  Deadline for registration is June 24th, 2011.

New Phytologist Bioenergy Trees Symposium Wrap-Up

I’m just returning from the New PhytologistBioenergy Trees” symposium, which just took place from May 17th to 19th at INRA in Nancy, Lorraine, France, and I am pleased to say was a very productive meeting.  Due to technical difficulties, I was not able to contribute to the online updates via Twitter, but if you’d like to follow the meeting developments you can read the Twitter feeds using the hashtag #26NPS or following @NewPhyt.