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Stelian Radu, a founding member of the IOS, accomplished an...
Website Editor | Jun 16, 2019
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Scientists in Poland have successfully micropropagated 500...
Website Editor | May 30, 2019
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Five-minute, fifteen-slide Lighting Talks were included for...
Website Editor | May 01, 2019

Plant Focus

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Quercus look is one of the least-known oaks of the arid mountains of the Middle East. It grows on Mount Hermon and in the Anti-Lebanon...

Wine, Whiskey, and Oaks

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Diana Gardener has again forwarded some interesting news items related to oaks and their connection to the manufacture of wines and spirits.

The Israeli Oak Association

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A new association aims to raise and improve the status of the oak trees in Israel.

Humboldt Oaks in the Mist

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In November 2018 I had a long layover in Bogotá and had enough time for a quick visit to Parque Natural Chicaque, about an hour’s drive from the airport.

Book Review: The Glorious Life of the Oak

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Lloyd Kenyon reviews a book on oaks by John Lewis-Stempel.

The Quercetum at Mallet Court: One Year On

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In 2018, the oaks (newly planted in March 2017) had a rude awakening by the harsh conditions in 2018. 

Hybrid Highlight: Quercus ×morehus Kellogg

Quercus ×morehus was initially called Abram’s oak by the author Albert Kellogg in his original 1863 description and was thought to be a unique species at the time (although his description was based on a single specimen). Current taxonomy designates this as a hybrid of Q. kelloggii × wislizeni and is now known as the Oracle oak thanks to Willis Linn Jepson’s book The Silva of California, written in 1910.

Cork Wars, Wine Corks, and Kiwi Quercus News

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Three oak-related news items have been brought to my attention lately...

2018 IOS Service Awards

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As is tradition every Triennial Conference, IOS Service Awards were presented at the 2018 Conference Gala Dinner, held on this occasion at the Sacramento Library Galleria. 

UC Davis Delivers Outstanding Conference

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The 9th International Oak Society Conference held at UC Davis last October was probably the most ambitious IOS Conference to date—and it was a memorable success.

An exhibition at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (UK) that will be of interest to IOS members: Mark Frith's breath-taking portraits highlight the architectural beauty of tree trunks, bark and branches in winter. This series of 20 highly intricate, large scale graphite drawings by Mark Frith depicts Britain’s most characterful veteran oaks, many of which are more than 1,000 years old. 

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