Rotten Apples: Botanical Models of Diversity and Disease

The Harvard Museum of Natural History's newest exhibit Rotten Apples: Botanical Models of Diversity and Disease opens in the Glass Flowers gallery on Saturday, September 23rd. 

Carried to our shores by the earliest European colonists and first planted in Boston in 1625, the apple, Malus pumilla, is a New England dietary icon. One of the oldest fruit trees to be domesticated, this single species now encompasses thousands of distinct varieties worldwide. Not only do these apple varieties differ in look and taste, they also vary greatly in how they respond to pests and disease. Combining historic wax models with a series of exquisitely-crafted glass models made by Rudolf Blaschka, this small, special exhibit, located in the Glass Flowers gallery, reveals the astonishing diversity of apples and the surprising beauty of the fungal and bacterial infections that afflict these and other fruits.

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  • Sat, September 23, 2017
    Wed, January 31, 2018

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