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A documentary inspired by a painting of an oak in Israel.
Ezra Barnea | Oct 10, 2020
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Oaks have been featured in several operas. Here is a list...
Roderick Cameron | Oct 09, 2020
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One of the world's leading oak collections is located in...
Francisco Garin Garcia | Oct 01, 2020

Plant Focus

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A guest post by Matt Candeias, host of the In Defense of Plants podcast and blog

Dendrology

When Oak Leaves Fail to Fall

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Marcescent leaves persist on deciduous trees through winter.

Ascent of the Oaks

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An article published in Scientific American recounts how advances in genomics have allowed researchers to reconstruct the evolutionary history of oaks.

Fossils of Oak Ancestors Discovered in Argentina

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Researchers have unearthed a collection of chinquapin fruit and leaf fossils in Patagonia that suggests the Fagaceae family has evolutionary roots in the Southern Hemisphere.

Cultivated Oaks of the World

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A database that pools information on oak trees in collections around the world.

The Renature Monchique Project

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A project aims to recover and restore habitats in Serra de Monchique, Portugal.

A Global Conservation Consortium for Oak

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GCCO logoThe Global Conservation Consortium for Oak (GCCO) has launched! Developing the GCCO was a collaborative effort—and involvement from passionate IOS members was an integral component. Sharing your expertise, knowledge, and experience with oaks at the last Triennial Conference workshop at UC Davis was vital to successfully launching the GCCO. Thank you for your contributions. 

In Search of an Endangered Species: Quercus acerifolia

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Quercus acerifolia (maple-leaf oak) is an endangered species in the wild (IUCN Red List)and a highly sought-after species in cultivation.

Burr Oak Canyon Symposium 2019

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On October 17, 2019, 80 participants gathered in McCook, Nebraska for a two-day conference and field trip, titled “Growing Better Trees Across the Great Plains”.

A-Sharnu: Restoring Oaks to the Sharon Region

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Ofri Bar's graduate thesis, A-Sharnu, is a program to regenerate Mt. Tabor oaks (Quercus ithaburensis) in the Sharon region.

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Acorns can be a source of cheap plant material, in part due to underutilization, so from an economical perspective they have a high potential for the processing industry.

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