Latest science blog posts from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Sep 162014
Flora of Nepal Expedition 2014. Impatiens glandulifera (Himalayan Balsam).

We all know this plant too well from colonising river banks, cycle paths and becoming an increasing problem in as an invasive plant in the UK. Its native range is the west Himalaya and listed as possibly native to Nepal. Dr Colin Pendry who has a decade of field experience is often asked if  he [...]

Sep 042014
Really Wild Veg - first results and Aberdeen event

Now that we are coming to harvest time we will shortly be able to measure the crops in the Really Wild Veg trials to see how they have performed. Obvious things to measure are yield and disease resistance, but a fun part of the trial is tasting the crops to see whether there is any [...]

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 [...]