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Latest science blog posts from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Dec 022016
 
DNA identification of Long's Long's Marchantia

Many new species are already included in natural history collections around the world, it’s just that nobody has yet got around to examining the material, recognising that it represents something novel, and publishing a name for it. Sometimes these new species are filed under the epithet of a similar named species, sometimes they’re just filed under the genus name […]

Nov 302016
 
Update: North Sulawesi Fieldwork, continued...

Following the recent fieldwork update from Bogani Nani Wartabone National Park, this report comes from the Gunung Ambang Nature Reserve, part of complex of volcanoes in the Bolaang Mongondow and East Bolaang Mongondow regencies of North Sulawesi. The nature reserve, named after one of the active volcanoes within, comprises an area of approximately 8,600 hectares. […]

Nov 292016
 
The Cloud Lottery

I’ve been looking at producing a good quality Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) dataset for central Scotland so that I can investigate correlation between green space, biodiversity and well-being indicators. To do this I need access to satellite imagery. Fortunately every sixteen days the Landsat 8 satellite passes over every part of the earth photographing […]

Nov 282016
 
Travellers in Ottoman Lands: The Botanical Legacy

The two day symposium on the 13th & 14th of May 2017 at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is organised by the Association for the Study of Travel in Egypt and the Near East (ASTENE) in conjunction with the Centre for Middle Easten Plants (CMEP). Contributions are welcome from a wide range of disciplines and interests. […]

Nov 222016
 
Long's Marchantia

Formerly the head of our Cryptogam section, and currently an extremely active RBGE Research Associate, David Long is well known and respected for his botanical work in the Himalayas, and for his bryological research. He has collected a huge number of taxonomically and phylogenetically interesting bryophytes on numerous plant collecting expeditions, collaborating with researchers around […]

Nov 162016
 
Telaranea murphyae: The non-native endemic that wasn't

Murphy’s threadwort (Telaranea murphyae) has had a singular position in the British flora. The species was described by renowned bryologist Jean Paton in 1965, from plants collected in the south of England. It’s a tiny leafy liverwort that is found in only four locations, at Tresco and St Mary’s on the Isles of Scilly, Branksome […]

Nov 142016
 
Update: North Sulawesi Fieldwork

One week into the North Sulawesi expedition, the team has successfully completed collecting at the first locality, Bogani Nani Wartabone National Park. The park is accessed by road from the small city of Kotamobagu, where the headquarters for the park are located. It is here that the team first visits, pays a research fee, and […]

Nov 012016
 
Biophilomatics: A new field courtesy of IKEA?

At the end of last month I spent a Thursday evening at IKEA Edinburgh, not for the usual reason of eating chips in the café with my daughter but to contribute to an event called Untangling Resilience to Depression as part of Midlothian Science Festival. Recently we have been working with Stella Chan, a clinical psychologist […]