Science news

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.

Honour marks special cross-Atlantic scientific partnership

Dr Peter Hamilton Raven, the long-time director and now President Emeritus, of Missouri Botanical Garden, has had his services to conservation formally recognised through conferral of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Medal.

Blitzing the Birds and Bees

A rare and exclusive opportunity at Dawyck Royal Botanic Garden, near Peebles, will allow visitors the opportunity to come and view as much wildlife as possible.

New book on Chilean plants

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.

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