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MNPS Meeting: "Roots: The Underground Business End of the Tree System"

  • 10/28/2008
  • 7:30 PM
  • White Oak Library

Richard Murray, Arborist and MNPS member, will continue with his series of talks about tree biology. This topic, roots, involves action, drama and mystery. Components of the root system, tied to growth and metabolic processes are continuously active and changing. The drama occurs through the quest for space and the competition for resources with thousands of soil organisms and other plants. Mystery lies below ground. Roots are physically difficult to study, which has contributed to confusion and generalizations. Let's take a closer look, together, to better understand this topic. Samples will be used to help convey concepts. A summary period for questions and answers will follow the break. Richard would like to announce the release of his new book, Tree Biology Notebook: An Introduction to the Science and Ecology of Trees. Copies will be available at the talk.

There will be a mailing party before the meeting, starting at 6:30pm. Volunteers are welcome - the more helping hands, the merrier!

Location: White Oak Library - Large Meeting Room

Directions: Exit the Washington Beltway at New Hampshire Ave (exit 28). Go north about 2 miles. The library is the first building on the right, once you have passed under Route 29, just after the Sears store.

There will be refreshments and door prizes. Pot luck refreshments are always welcome.

The meeting is open to non-members.

Meetings take place on the last Tuesday of each month.

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