Fruits in Decay

August 30, 2019
Pear with pear scab. Model 798, Rudolf Blaschka, 1929
Photo by Jennifer Berglund

Fruits in Decay, a new special exhibit in the Glass Flowers gallery of the Harvard Museum of Natural History opens tomorrow, August 31, 2019. The exhibit features models depicting blight, rot, and other diseases on fruits and will be the first time the models have been on display in nearly 20 years.

Our Glass Flowers Team, Jennifer Brown, Collection Manager, Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants, Scott Fulton, Conservator, Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants, and Donald H. Pfister, Curator of the Farlow Library and Herbarium of Cryptogamic Botany and Asa Gray Professor of Systematic Botany, worked with Museum staff for months on the exhibit. Pfister notes the models "are the culmination of [Rudolf Blaschka’s] lifelong attention to accuracy and innovation. They illustrate the effects of fungi as agents of disease in plants and point to their importance in agricultural systems.”

The exhibit will be on display through March 1, 2020.



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