Science news

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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Darwin project puts Iraq's wildlife on the map

A three-year project in Iraq has significantly contributed to knowledge of the country's flora and fauna – including five previously unknown plant species – as well as improving the prospects for future conservation efforts in the country.

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.    

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