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Mikania micrantha: The Forest Killer Invading Nepal a Mile-a-Minute

We just published “Mikania micrantha: its status and impact on people and wildlife in Nepal” in a new book, Invasive Alien Plants: Impact on Development and Options for Management,…

Understanding the Caatinga, Brazil

This week’s Science Club talk was given by Ph.D. student Moabe Ferreira Fernandes. His research focuses on understanding diversity and evolutionary patterns within Brazilian Caatinga. The Caatinga is…

Scots “Father of Nepali Botany” to Feature on BBC Nepali Service

Two hundred years ago a new chapter of British-Nepali relations was beginning and one of the first Western scientists to be able to explore Nepal was the Scottish…

Searching for bamboo and giant panda…..poo…..

On a mountain in China a giant panda spends hours sitting eating bamboo but there is no time for a scientist to sit when you are trying to…

Mini moss “trees” from New Zealand

I’m just back from field work in New Zealand with Yoan Coudert, a French CNRS funded researcher based at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Lyon. A major objective…

59 Forms within a Scale of Rarity

Last week we were privileged to have Dr Raquel Negrão present her work on developing a deeper understanding of what we mean when we say a plant is…

Targionia hypophylla – a global puzzle

Karla Yunuen Magaña Marcial is a bryologist on a mission to solve a global puzzle. She is visiting the Botanics from  her home institute, Michoacan University of Saint Nicholas…

The Secret World of Rhododendrons – A talk by Dr Richard Milne

Botanical Society of Scotland together with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh invites you to a talk by Dr Richard Milne, University of Edinburgh on Thursday 30th November 2017…

New ginger east of Wallace’s Line

The genus Zingiber is distributed from India to the Pacific but only a few species are known from east of Wallace’s Line, where we discovered this new species…

Can you trust a label? Verifying what’s in two popular herbal supplements.

Herbal supplements are ‘big’ business – the global herbal supplements and remedies market is forecast to reach $107 billion USD in 2017. A recent press release by the…

A sudden concentration of Bryologists

Despite a reputation for being rather a rare breed, this week, purely by chance, we have found ourselves with an embarrassment of bryologists at the Gardens. As well…

International Botanical Congress (IBC17) – Living Walls

Our short damp November days offer the perfect opportunity for leafing through reels of photographs from earlier in the year; many of mine are from a short trip…

How do the Botanics make you feel?

During the recent Project Soothe exhibition at the Botanics participants were asked to mark on a map of the garden places that Soothed them, Excited them or made…

Stable URIs for natural history collections – The Movie

If you are like me you are probably counting the days to Stars Wars 8: The Last Jedi. Films often seem to take a long time to arrive…

RBGE’s visionary photographer: Robert Moyes Adam (1885-1967)

November 13th 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Robert Moyes Adam, a man central to the origins of RBGE’s photography unit. Often referred to as…

Ericaceae of Australia

Onwards and upwards to our next virtual expedition!

Following a very successful first expedition on DigiVol with ‘Proteaceae of Australia’ we are launching our second project ‘Ericaceae of Australia’. Our first project was launched as part…

Plant Collecting and the Lived Experience of Botany: Bill Burtt’s Malaysian Collecting

Brian Lawrence ‘Bill’ Burtt (1913-2008) began his career as a taxonomist at Kew Gardens, before coming to the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) in 1951. Throughout the course…

Strange smells in the rainforest understory

During an expedition to Borneo in 2003, we discovered two intriguing new species of the monotypic family, Lowiaceae, in the state of Sarawak, Malaysia. The large-flowered Orchidantha megalantha…

Expedition to Saipal Himal: Update

It is eight weeks since the expedition returned from Saipal Himal, and it already feels a very long way away. Our trip coincided with South Asia’s wettest monsoon…

You have now been Soothed

The dust has finally settled from the Project Soothe Exhibition and we have had a chance to catch our breath and take stock. The exhibition was a resounding success…