Posted on Thursday 23 February 2017
Trees saved by bad weather. It isn’t an often-heard claim. Yet, scientists are suggesting this could be exactly what has happened on the Isle of Man with research, newly-published in the New Journal of Botany, indicating that thousands of healthy elm trees on the self-governing dependency have avoided infection by Dutch elm disease thanks to the island's weather being too cold and windy for the pathogen to take hold.
Posted on Tuesday 21 February 2017
Tiny, tropical and delicately beautiful Begonia elachista is an enigma in the world of plant research and conservation. Today (Friday) all at once it officially becomes the newest of its kind known to science; the smallest identified species of Begonia on the planet and recorded as critically endangered - in the name of tourism. The race is on to provide protection and hope for the future, starting with horticultural and scientific research at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE).
Posted on Monday 19 December 2016
The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) has collected seeds from 14 trees and 29 conservation priority herbs this year, to help deliver Scottish species into the UK National Tree Seed Project and the UK Flora Project. Both projects aim to protect British plants and are coordinated across the UK nations by the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank (MSB), with funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
Posted on Wednesday 14 December 2016
High- value timber species in Tanzania’s coastal forests will be exhausted in 30 years, according to research by Tanzanian and UK scientists.
Posted on Monday 28 November 2016