Online Resources for Taxonomic Research

Online Resources for Taxonomic Research

Names and Nomenclature When tracking down published scientific names, and their places of publication, IPNI, The Plant List and Tropicos are the three primary websites. The other listed sites are useful for interpreting abbreviations and following up on nomenclatural matters. International Plant Names Index (IPNI), includes Index Kewensis, the Gray Card Index (Harvard University), and [...]

Ethnobotany of Europe 1 - Tuscan Chestnut Festival

Ethnobotany of Europe 1 – Tuscan Chestnut Festival

Where else in Europe is there a six day festival celebrating a native tree? Arcidosso in Tuscany has an annual chestnut festival each October honouring the tree which has been central to the culture and livelihood of people in this region of Italy for millennia. As well as being an important material for building, fences [...]

Really Wild Veg - Cruickshank Botanic Garden October update

Really Wild Veg – Cruickshank Botanic Garden October update

Autumn is the time when gardeners are planning the next year’s planting. The Really Wild Veg project will hopefully run again in 2015 and some initial research has identified wild celery, Apium graveolens, and wild turnip, Brassica rapa subspecies campestris as new crop wild relatives to trial. More details to follow… The main purpose of [...]

BioBlitz finds hummingbirds at Logan

BioBlitz finds hummingbirds at Logan

Well alright not real hummingbirds. The closest thing we have in Britain is the equally spectacular humming-bird hawk-moth. This extraordinary day-flying moth put in an appearance in the middle of the recent BioBlitz at Logan and confirmed the moths as a real highlight of the event. A BioBlitz aims to record as many species in [...]