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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…
General Regulations - Library and Archives
The following general regulations are intended to ensure the long-term preservation of the collections and all users are therefore asked to abide by them at all times. The Library and Archive collections are a national resource and users 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…
Sensory treat at Dawyck this weekend
A week after its record-breaking plant sale, Dawyck Botanic Garden, near Peebles, resumes a more relaxed countenance on Sunday, June 3, when a Sensory Tour provides visitors with the opportunity to touch, smell and interact with a selection of…
Finding hope for nature in The Lost Words
[Hi-res images available on request] A poetic and artistic rallying-call for us all to stay connected with nature is set to inspire adults and children at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE). The Lost Words (May 19 – September 2) is a…
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