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Delivering nature - and learning - without boundaries
Children and adults deprived of their usual open access to nature are snapping up a raft of new learning opportunities from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE). When the country went into lockdown, the research institute moved up a gear to…
Discovering more of Earth’s mega-rich plant diversity
More than one new plant species for every week of the year – from a mighty conifer to tiny tropical flowers and miniscule diatoms – 56 new species have been described as new to science by the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh during the last 12…
Hardly an overnight success: 100 years to discover plant species
While the act of discovering a species is often seen as a thrilling moment, newly published research demonstrates the initial encounter is just the beginning of a long process. Understanding what a species represents actually, on average, takes…
Grasslands: not wastelands but creations of ancient creatures
In a world of assumptions, for hundreds of years the people of Madagascar have been widely blamed for destroying their own magnificent environment: by making grassland from forest. Now, new research from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and Royal…
An Extraordinary Scent, 350 Years In The Making
Kingdom Scotland, Scotland’s first fragrance house, has worked intensely over two years to create an evocative, botanical, and gender-inclusive scent marking the 350th anniversary of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. In tribute to the work and…
Paradise island teeming with life
New data reveals New Guinea has the highest plant diversity of any island in the world. Research by botanists from Edinburgh, Kew and the Natural History Museum, in the UK, and the Papua New Guinea University of Technology, Universitas Papua, Papua…
Ginkgo planting seals Scotland Japan conservation partnerships
A tour of the stunning conservation Japanese Valley at Benmore Botanic Garden near Dunoon, in Argyll, will be one of the highlights during an official visit and ceremonial planting by Mr Nozomu Takaoka, Consul General of Japan, Head of Mission at…
The environmentalist and the diplomat: an Edwardian legacy
Against all received knowledge that the heroes and villains of Edwardian plant-hunting are already fully documented, new research shines a much-needed light on a plantsman and social activist from England’s Lake District who achieved prominence as…
B2K, a milestone in international biodiversity accounting
Fieldwork and old-fashioned sleuthing are combining to unravel mysteries of the plant world. Now, B2K has been conquered: not a mountain, but a milestone in the study of biodiversity for partner scientists in Asia, the Americas and Edinburgh.…
Twenty-five-year-old mystery solved as Salvia is named after late female botanist
A new species of plant has been named after the late botanist Rose Clement, more than 25 years after her research indicated that it was probably unknown to science. While researching the genus Salvia in the Herbarium at the Royal Botanic Garden…
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