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Saving species magnificent, new and on the brink of extinction
Stunning gingers, exquisite begonias and one miniscule moss are in the incredible line-up of plant species described as new to science by leading experts at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) over the last 12 months. Working around the…
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…
Visiting RBGE Library
The Library and Archives is a national reference collection and we welcome visits from all researchers including visiting academics and members of the public. Books and other items from the collections will be retrieved for you by Library staff…
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,…
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…
The Nursery allows space for large scale experiments conducted by our scientific staff to support their work. At present these include, Geum rivale (water avens)and Geum urbanum (wood avens), investigating plant reproductive strategies. Euphrasia…
Developments In 2017 a new greenhouse was constructed to support the development of the north east corner of the main garden. It will house collections while greenhouses are replaced and the historic Palm Houses and Front Range are renovated.…
RBGE Diploma in Garden History
Since the founding of the RBGE in 1670 garden design styles have undergone many changes and the range of plant material to grace gardens, designed landscapes and botanical collections has significantly expanded. With one of the largest living…
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