Capturing Genes from Herbaria. VIII. Amplification

Capturing Genes from Herbaria. VIII. Amplification

Both the Tru-Seq and NEB libraries were amplified pre-hybrid capture – another step at which modifications were made, according to how much DNA there was in each library. Bioanalyser traces for the pre-amplification Tru-Seq libraries are shown below: The number of PCR amplification cycles used for both Tru-Seq and NEB for each library are given […]

Amorphophallus titanum – Preserving it for posterity

Amorphophallus titanum – Preserving it for posterity

The flowering of our Amorphophallus titanum (titan arum) was a tremendous event with c 19,000 people visiting the Glasshouses to see the plant growing from a small bud to a massive 2.6 metre inflorescence.  As the flower began to fade and flop we took the opportunity to collect important parts of the plant and preserve […]

What to do in your Fruit and Vegetable Garden in Scotland: AUGUST

What to do in your Fruit and Vegetable Garden in Scotland: AUGUST

Here is a list of jobs to do in the garden this month: Weed regularly to prevent weeds setting seed for next year. Water copiously if we have a dry spell. Harvest crops while they are in peak condition. Make preserves such as jams and chutneys or cook and freeze batches of soup or sauce. […]

A hive of activity

A hive of activity

In recent weeks we’ve seen fantastic progress being made on rebuilding the Botanic Cottage. The final slates are going onto the roof this week, and the pan-tiles are starting to be put onto the side wing roofs. Inside, 3,500 thin strips of oak have been secured to the walls of the upstairs room so that […]