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Festive holly conservation moves at the Botanics
In true festive spirit, horticulturists at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) are tending to their holly this December – if not quite decking the halls. Four large and exotic specimens are on the move. Until recently part of utilitarian…
Gift of conifer trees for international conservation
A very special parcel has been unwrapped by conservationists at Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden in Hong Kong, with the best of wishes for 2020, from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE). Forty rooted cuttings of the small conifer…
A night of celebration at the Scottish Parliament
Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Roseanna Cunningham addresses the gathering on the vision and international reach of RBGE The grand achievements of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh over 350 years have been…
RBGE as an organisation Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is a charity and a Non Departmental Public Body (NDPB) sponsored and supported through Grant-in-Aid by the Scottish Government's Environment and Forestry Directorate (ENFOR). It is governed…
Specimen Preparation and Care
We add thousands of new plant specimens to the Herbarium collection every year. In addition to specimens collected on RBGE expeditions, we receive gifts and exchanges from other herbaria, and specimens from the RBGE research plant…
General Lab Facilities
Biosecurity Plant health and host/pathogen interactions: our laboratory facilities are licensed for work with quarantine listed plant pathogens, either on host plant material, soil or as pure cultures. We also have facilities to support research…
From the very basic problems of how to break up different kinds of tissue in order to extract DNA, to working with the "pre-fragmented" DNA that is found in historic specimens, working in a Botanical Garden laboratory is full of…
Flora of Nepal
Accurate identification is fundamental to managing a country's plant resources, setting priorities for conservation and monitoring rare species. Nepal's population is mainly rural, and its people use plants from their local environment for food,…
Sibbaldia: The International Journal of Botanic Garden Horticulture
Sibbaldia provides an opportunity for horticulturists and others in botanic garden horticulture to share their expertise in maintaining and managing botanic garden living collections. Authors and readers come from institutions all over the…
Ex Situ Conservation
To deliver Target 8 of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation, we have secured 86% of Scotland's threatened plant species in ex situ collections. We maintain a living collection of rare and threatened plant species, sampled from meticolously…
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