Logan Curator to help save threatened plants in Vietnam
Logan Curator Richard Baines is among a group of modern day plant hunters who will travel to Vietnam this month to collect seed material from a range of threatened and endangered plants to aid their conservation.
Richard will be visiting remote mountainous sites in NW Vietnam during the three-week fieldtrip, including Bach Moc Luong Tu, the country’s fourth largest mountain, only discovered four years ago.
The trip will follows on from a very successful visit to Vietnam in 2014 when nearly 500 collections were made including the critically endangered Aesculus wangii which only exists as a single population.
In the forthcoming trip, Richard will be joined by counterparts from Glasgow Botanic Garden, Cambridge botanic Garden, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the Institute of Ecology & Biological Resources, Hanoi.
Looking forward to his next adventure, Richard commented: “The forthcoming trip will tackle different mountains in the same region hopefully identifying some new species along the way. We are particularly keen to collect seed from threatened and endangered plants including Magnolias and Rhododendrons. The seed will be used to rear plants which will add to the collections here at Logan, and potentially at the three other Gardens of RBGE.’’
Similar news stories
Mon 9th Sep 2019
The Grand Old Man of Dawyck shortlisted for Tree of the Year
Thu 29th Aug 2019
Botanists race to understand and conserve plant species of the Amazon
Fri 2nd Aug 2019
Actor Brian Cox plants a FOREST for conservation at the Garden
Tue 30th Jul 2019
Award for smelliest performance at the Fringe?
Browse through our diverse range of formal and informal education programmes for people of all ages and at all levels
RBGE publications include a range of titles with books on botany and botanical taxonomy, gardening and horticulture, art and history, children’s books and Guidebooks for all of our Gardens.
Knowledge Exchange links the research community with others.
Searchable Resource Centres
View our selection of searchable resource centres.
Check our latest news and connect with our experts
Find the ideal venue for your corporate event
Your dream wedding
The perfect setting to host your truly unique wedding.
Find out how you can support our work at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.