Latest science blog posts from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Aug 222014
In search of rust

Small orange/brown pustules on the leaves of plants could be a sign of infection by a rust fungus. James Iremonger, Heriot Watt University Student, will be searching Edinburgh for evidence of these plant parasites this summer. James, who is a third year microbiology student, is undertaking the project with funding from the British Society for [...]

Aug 192014
Adapting to climate change

In May, Scotland published its first Scottish Climate Change Adaptation Programme -  a set of actions to increase Scotland’s resilience to the impacts of a changing climate. RBGE is helping to produce a number of climate change indicator cards for the natural environment. The cards, developed by ClimateXChange, measure progress in how we are helping [...]

Aug 112014
Flora of Nepal Expedition 2014

In a few days time the Flora of Nepal project are about to leave for an expedition to Mid-West of the country. Leading the expedition is Dr Colin Pendry from Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh; also going are Dr. Patrick Kuss from the Institute of Systematic Botany, University of Zurich;  Alan Elliott a PhD researcher at [...]

Aug 112014
RBGE at War - Hume and Fallow's stories

As a fan of eminent plant collector George Forrest (1873-1932), I’d long known that two of his plant introductions had been named after former RBGE gardeners killed in the First World War; Roscoea humeana, named for Private David Hume and Buddleia fallowiana for Sergeant George Fallow. What I found curious was that Hume’s name appears [...]

Aug 052014
Botanics Stories Hosting Performance

As Botanics Stories is a live site we have a third party service monitoring its performance. The two graphs below show the performance over the last thirty days. The site is checked every five minutes from multiple locations around the world and these graphs are updated on an hourly basis. Site Up Time Site Response [...]

Aug 042014
Herbarium specimens collected during World War I

4th August 1914 – collections on the day that war was declared between Britain and Germany On the 4th August 1914 the tension was building during the day as the British Government awaited the response to their ultimatum to Germany. They had asked for assurances that the German Government would respect Belgian neutrality. The response [...]

Jun 252014
19th Century Recycling

I’ve said this before but sometimes you find amazing things when raking through the herbarium cabinets. I first came across this specimen when I was part of the digitisation team specifically working on Himalayan Type specimens. Although this is not a Type specimen, they are first records of these plant species from Bhutan and it [...]

Jun 232014
Tea (Camellia sinensis) at the RBGE

Everyone loves a good cup of tea – as evidenced from our Assam tea bush in the Temperate Glasshouse at Edinburgh. As well as living plants at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh we have, lurking in herbarium cabinets, some amazing historic Tea specimens. James McNabs’s teaching specimens. These two specimens would have been used to [...]