Science news

New book on Chilean plants planned

An exclusive limited edition book of award-winning botanical illustrations, epitomising the union of art and science, is unveiled this October when RBGE publishes Plants from the Woods and Forests of Chile.

Signing-up for conservation commitments in Nepal

A new era has dawned in scientific, horticultural and conservation collaborations between the UK and Nepal with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between RBGE and the Government of Nepal’s Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation Department of Plant Resources. The development flags up a significant commitment to long-term capacity building in plant research, conservation and education in the South Asian biodiversity hot-spot.

Threatened seeds of Lebanon find protection in Edinburgh

Crucial conservation efforts in Lebanon are set to benefit from high-level skills transfer workshops in Scotland this week (w/c 8 Dec).

Cairngorms offer up botanical secrets

Two striking discoveries in the Cairngorms National Park have served to underscore the need for increased research into Britain’s extensive – but often overlooked - communities of lichens. The call comes after Dr Rebecca Yahr, a Lichen Biodiversity Scientist at RBGE, uncovered two tiny botanical gems clinging unnoticed in one of the country’s most heavily documented mountain regions. Now, the quest is on to discover how many more scientific surprises are waiting to be found, right under our feet.

British seeds of yesterday boost hope for tomorrow’s Mediterranean conservation

Endangered in its homeland, the majestic cedar of Lebanon (Cedrus libani) is about to make a remarkable comeback: at key “safe-sites” around the British Isles.

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