Botanic Garden Intern Meghan DeVries '09 UMass

Summer Research Project 2008

Declining Sugar Maples at Smith College

Research and diagnostic analysis of pronounced Sugar Maple decline on Smith Campus. Symptoms included twig dieback, foliar chlorosis, premature leaf drop, and thinning canopies. Stressing factors may include nutrient deficiency, drought, soil compaction, even air pollution. Research protocol design, soil and foliar analysis, literature review. Statistical analysis and treatment recommendations to be pursued by Chief Arborist.

Meghan DeVries '03