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Ferns and Allies
The Ferns & Fern Allies include Ferns, horsetails, clubmosses, spikemosses and quillworts. They are an ancient group, with fossil evidence of members from 400 million years ago. Around 90% of current diversity in this group is accounted for by…
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…
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…
RBGE is the leading European centre of taxonomic research on the Zingiberaceae and is among the foremost in the world. Various approaches are used to gather the maximum information on these plants, such as revising groups of species for floras and…
Floras, Checklists and Inventories
Many parts of the tropics are poorly known botanically. A major aspect of the Tropical Section's efforts are to explore these poorly known regions and to compile data on the plants found there. This data is then published as checklists or…
The Herbarium at RBGE will only consider loans from recognised institutes and not from individuals. All loan requests should come from the Curator or Director of the researcher’s institute. A pdf copy of this letter can be sent by email…
Eleventh hour hope for the planet lies in botany without boundaries
Joint work, international collaboration and equity are key to addressing environmental sustainability in our time. That is the message from Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE), where against the backdrop of the global pandemic, scientists,…
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