Lab News

Cavitation or deformation? Our new study is out in Plant Physiology!

Cavitation or deformation? Our new study is out in Plant Physiology!

October 12, 2016

Check out our new study by John, Tony, Adam, Teressa and Missy! Reversible leaf xylem collapse: a potential 'circuit breaker' against cavitation.

http://www.plantphysiol.org/content/early/2016/10/12/pp.16.01191.abstract

We report a novel form of xylem dysfunction in angiosperms: reversible collapse of the xylem conduits of the smallest vein orders that demarcate and intrusively irrigate the areoles of Quercus rubra leaves. Cryo-scanning electron microscopy revealed gradual increases in collapse from ~ -2 MPa down to ~ -3 MPa, saturating thereafter (to -4 MPa). Over this

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Times they are a changin' (departures) (cont.)

Times they are a changin' (departures) (cont.)

September 21, 2016

For the past year we were very lucky to host Wally Fulweiler, a biogeochemist and ecosystem ecologist, (with a focus on the marine world!) (and just generally a cheerful, positive person!) from BU while she was on sabbatical! This summer she spent time sampling in Harvard forest, and also at the bottom of the sea in Alvin, the submarine! Now, with the new semester beginning, we will be seeing less of her - but will always treasure our time with a marine biologist in the lab!!!!! 

We welcome baby Lucy into our lab!!!

We welcome baby Lucy into our lab!!!

September 16, 2016

Tinker Green, a dear post-doc!, recently welcomed a new baby, Lucy, into the world!! Congratulations! and we can't wait for her to become the next paleo-botanist of the group!!

Times they are a changin' (arrivals)

September 7, 2016

With outflux, comes influx! Anju, a new PhD student and Lola, a new post-doc, have recently joined our Holbrookian clan and we truly look forward to our new adventures with them!!

Times they are a changin' (departures)

September 7, 2016

Many changes have overcome the Holbrook lab in the past few weeks, in addition to the departure of Clem and Teressa, our dear year-long visiting professor from the University of Sao Paolo, Greg, multi-year undergrad, Laura, and summer high school intern, Evan, have recently headed back to their new/original intellectual homes. We miss them more than we can say! They filled our lab with unbelievable stories and laughter, creative thoughts, bountiful botanical (and other!) knowledge, inspiring work ethics, a passion for learning

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Lab retreat to Maine!

Lab retreat to Maine!

August 29, 2016

To end the summer with a bang, we had a 4 day lab retreat in Maine! We hiked, we ate, we star-gazed, we swam, we had a water blaster fight - all in all it was a glorious trip!

We will miss you, Teressa and Clem!!

We will miss you, Teressa and Clem!!

July 27, 2016

With a very heavy heart we sent off Teressa and Clement with a goodbye cake-and-wine party. After 2 years as an amazing research scholar in our lab (and an amazing friend!), Teressa is heading to Trinidad (University of the West Indies) to start a PhD program in plant physiology; and after a summer of terrific science and volleyball playing, "Clem" will be returning back to Europe to continue his Masters program. We wish them both the best and will miss them very, very much!!

Uri's paper in Tree Phys!

Uri's paper in Tree Phys!

July 15, 2016

Our post-doc and fearless volleyball coach, Uri Hochberg, published an awesome article in Tree Phys & got the cover! "Short-time xylem relaxation results in reliable quantification of embolism in grapevine petioles and sheds new light on their hydraulic strategy". Check it out! Link below.

http://treephys.oxfordjournals.org/content/36/6/748

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