Latest science blog posts from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Jun 172015
Clematis argentilucida from SW China

Tucked away on a boundary wall near the glasshouses, but not on public display, is one of the oldest living Clematis specimens in our collection. This plant was collected in SW China by the Chinese botantist Te-Tsun Yü (1908 – 1986) during the joint Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh & Arnold Arboretum sponsored expedition in 1937. […]

Jun 162015
Out in the sticks

A train and bus ride see me heading out west to a air pollution monitoring station out on the edge of a small town.  My bus stop is the last before open countryside…I’m helpfully informed by a local resident that the area  – Coneypark comes from ‘coney’ the old Scottish name for rabbit.  I don’t […]

Jun 162015
On the Bobby's watch

Surveying in Alloa as part of my project Lichens as Air Quality Indicators led me to a local police station. This is not my first encounter with the police whilst surveying (See blog from Linlithgow  – coming soon) The air pollution monitoring station is situated on the Alloa Ring Road, and according to Scottish Air […]

Jun 162015
With the cherry blossom comes the spring

Under a glorious canopy of blossom I find the Stirling’s automatic air pollution monitoring station, (part of the Automatic Urban & Rural Network).  A rather battered looking station, but touched by the beauty of overhanging laden boughs.  Unfortunately my previously trusty camera suddenly decided to totally give up the ghost and left be bereft and […]

Jun 052015
New to Science 2015 - Mimulus peregrinus

The New to Science blog is a regular post about new plant species as they are being named, described and published for the first time. The only requirements for inclusion are that the plants are named by scientists at the Botanics and published during the current year. Inevitably a plant was going to come along […]

May 282015
On the Brink

The Redwoods are a fascinating group of conifers that include the largest and tallest trees on earth as well as some of the oldest. The group, now classified as part of the family Cupressaceae, contains just nine genera and thirteen species.  Their fossil record extends back as much as 150 million years – during that […]

May 212015
Sutherland kale and the Triangle of U

An internet search for Sutherland kale produces quite a lot of hits. This leafy brassica seems to be a bit of a sensation among foody types looking for something a bit different. Apparently the best way to eat it is to steam the flower spikes before the buds open. They look like a rather spindly […]

May 212015
Nepal: Awards for research and outreach programmes

The devastating earthquakes which hit Nepal on 25th April and 12th May along with the many significant aftershocks have focussed our attention on the immediate needs of the people of the country but RBGE has a long term research and outreach programme centred on Nepal, working closely with both governments and the Nepalese diaspora in […]