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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…
About the Archives
The Archives hold papers and images relating to the history of the Garden and its plant collectors Among them are the correspondence of Regius Keepers (RBGE Directors) and plant collectors including George Forrest, Joseph Rock and Reginald Farrer…
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…
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…
Iconic poppies climb in retreat from climate change
Prized by gardeners worldwide, several species of the iconically beautiful Meconopsis (Himalayan poppies) could soon be threatened in their native habitat as climate change pushes them to ever smaller mountain sanctuaries. Within 50 years they…
Dr Mark Newman
I’m convinced of the urgent need to document life on Earth at a time of very rapid loss of species and habitats, in order to keep as many species as possible for future generations to enjoy. Fieldwork and careful morphological study of herbarium…
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…
The cultivated herbarium helps facilitate ‘a gold standard’ reference collection within RBGE. Not only do these cultivated specimens act as an identification reference to the living collection i.e. where plant material has been requested for…
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 a fresh start in the new year, from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE). Forty rooted cuttings of 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…
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