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Seeking to aid devastated Soqotra

Decades of international cooperation and conservation work on one of the world’s leading biodiversity hotspots have been dealt a major blow in the devastation caused by two cyclones on the Soqotra Archipelago. Now, as the slow recovery process gets underway, scientists at RBGE must wait until they receive news of how best they can help recovery efforts on the Indian Ocean islands.    

The Age of Chocolate

It is one of the most popular flavours in the world and by 2016 chocolate will be a $100 billion dollar industry. Yet, as worldwide demand increases by 2.5 per cent a year, there are genuine fears the industry will fail to cope with growing public hunger for the product. Now, however, new research suggests the source of this cherished confection is much older than ever realised – and may have close relations capable of sustaining our sweet-toothed appetites.

Celebrating the completion of Chilean plant book

Celebrating the completion of a remarkable 10-year conservation project on the Plants from the Woods and Forests of Chile at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh are (left to right) Paulina Hechenleitner, Josefina Hepp, Martin Gardner, RBGE Regius Keeper Simon Milne MBE, Gülnur Ekşi and Işık Güner.

25k lottery windfall to boost international conservation

A £25,000 award will boost Scottish scientists’ race against time to tackle plant extinctions around the globe after RBGE was named as one of 63 charities to receive an extra Impact Award from players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Two of RBGE’s oldest trees in battle for Tree of the Year title

The Edinburgh Garden’s 200-year-old Sabal Palm and a Giant Redwood in the avenue at Benmore have won through to the final of Scotland’s Tree of the Year competition.

Diversity and beauty of Chile celebrated in new art exhibition

A selection of 50 specially-commissioned unique watercolour paintings shows the remarkable beauty and diversity of plants native to Chile in a new exhibition at RBGE.

Butler’s ‘Girl’ Comes Home

One of the earliest and most prominently sited acquisitions made by the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art has returned to RBGE, after an absence of over 30 years.

Benmore bids farewell to Ian after 49 years’ service

Senior Horticulturist Ian Potts retires this week from Benmore Botanic Garden, near Dunoon, after a career spanning almost five decades.

First month in for our new Director of Horticulture & Learning

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh’s (RBGE) recently appointed Director of Horticulture and Learning is Kevin F H Reid  NDF  MBA. Mr Reid comes to RBGE having served as Director of Ness Botanic Gardens, part of the University of Liverpool, from July 2006.

Scots scientists addressing conservation challenges in Sarawak

Scottish-based scientists have become part of a vital vanguard preparing to advance conservation research in the rich biodiversity hotspot of Sarawak, home to such creatures as the enigmatic orang-utan. Flying the flag on behalf of RBGE at the launch of a new strategy in the state capital Kuching, tropical botanist Dr Peter Wilkie spoke of the importance of this multi-discipline approach which has been created thanks to the Malaysian state opening-up its Totally Protected Areas (TPAs) to foreign researchers.

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