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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.

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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