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Science and Horticulture must combine forces to save nature

Lichens - making invisible nasties visible

Healthy human lives depend on clean air. But, air pollution is recognised by the World Health Organisation as one of the biggest environmental health issues of our time, contributing to around 40,000 UK deaths every year. So, how can you tell if the air is clean? The answer is now at hand, thanks to researchers at RBGE who have published an easy-to-use air quality self-assessment package that could ultimately help save lives through people power.

Pandas eat more than shoots and leaves

The UK's only two giant pandas, based at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo, are providing their support – and poo - to scientists at RBGE who aim to improve conservation in the wild through better understanding of exactly what members of this iconic species eat.

Guttied by the hunger for Sapotaceae

It has been dubbed “the most important plant family you’ve never heard of” and from Saturday, March 19 to Sunday, July 24 visitors to the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) can discover just how much we have relied upon the pantropical Sapotaceae for everything from golf balls to intercontinental communication and continue to exploit it with advancements in skin care and miracle sweeteners. Even the iconic hornbill bird has a place in Nature Mother of Invention, the major exhibition in the John Hope Gateway.

Appointment of Trustees to the Board of RBGE

Scottish Ministers are looking to fill two Trustee positions on the Board of the Royal Botanic Garden (RBGE).  Each appointment is an opportunity to help shape the future of one of the world’s most renowned botanic gardens and require specialist knowledge and experience in two areas: Communications and Visitor Destination/Business Development.

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The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is a charity (registration number SC007983)