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The gymnosperms, which include cycads, ginkgos, and conifers (pines, spruces, firs, cypresses, and larches) are an ancient lineage of plants, dating back at least 300 million years - today they can be found on all continents except Antarctica. The…
Spirit Preserved Collections
The spirit collection comprises over 7,000 specimens preserved in fluid which are stored in glass jars in metal cabinets. This method of preservation is particularly important for fleshy flowers, fruits and fungi that are not suitable for drying,…
Silica Dried Collection
A recent addition to the collections at RBGE is the material which has been dried in silica to preserve the DNA for later extraction and sequencing. This technique is commonly used for plant material thanks to its effectiveness in preserving the…
Integrated Pest Management
Herbarium Beetle (Trogoderma angustum) and Biscuit Beetle (Stegobium paniceum) have the potential to cause serious damage to our herbarium collections if left unchecked. In the past, pest management in the Herbarium often involved regular use of…
Preparation of Specimens
Each new plant specimen we add to the Herbarium collection is carefully prepared so that it will remain in good condition for use by future researchers. Different herbaria use different methods for mounting plant specimens. The sections below…
Conifer Ex-situ Conservation
Ex-situ conservation programmes are usually additional to in-situ measures and may also be undertaken as a precautionary measure before species go extinct in the wild. Ex-situ conservation of plants may involve a range a methods, including seed…
Our conservation genetics research focuses on threatened and important plant species. We’re using a combination of genetic and ecological methods to help answering key ecological questions and informing conservation and management decisions. The…
Parasitic plant cultivation
Examples, lessons learned and future directions By Chris Thorogood, Joko Ridho Witono, Sofi Mursidawati and Andreas Fleischmann Abstract Parasitic plants contain some of the most bizarre and fascinating organisms in the plant kingdom. Yet they are…
Botanic Garden grows links with Nepal
Two centuries of activity dedicated to the plants of the Himalaya has fostered a unique role for the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh in the relationship between Nepal and the United Kingdom. Such was the declaration of His Excellency Dr Durga…
2017 Overall Winner: Gabriela Silveira [Hi-res images available on request] With its mission of exploring, conserving and explaining the world of plants for a better future, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) places importance on…
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