Science and Research Projects

See our Science Section for the full scope of our scientific work. Below are some projects for which we are currently seeking funding.

Scottish Threatened Plants Project

The Scottish Threatened Plants Project was launched by the Earl of Dalkeith in December 1991. It was conceived as a partnership between Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, to undertake monitoring of and recovery work on Scotland’s rarest plants.

The results allow SNH to advise the UK Government on plants listed on Schedule 8 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, and to fulfill RBGE's growing role in research into the Scottish flora and its conservation. In addition, the project provides great potential for public education. More about the Scottish Threatened Plants Project.

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International Conifer Conservation Programme

The International Conifer Conservation Programme (ICCP), established in 1991, integrates in situ with ex situ conservation, through horticulture, scientific research, and training in the UK and abroad. More about the ICCP.

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Target 8

RBGE is taking a lead on Target 8 of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation and aims to bring at least 75% of native UK threatened species of local provenance into ex-situ collections. The project involves collaboration with other conservation organisations and private land owners to aid identification of the threatened plants, seed collection, propagation at the National Botanic Gardens of Scotland, cataloguing the accessions to create a comprehensive database of threatened species across Britain with 20% available for reintroduction back into their native habitats. More about the Target 8 Project.

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