ABS and Nagoya meeting

Please find an invitation from Alistair Griffiths, Director of Science & Collections at the RHS: “As you may be aware, the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization has been underway since the passing of the EU Regulation last year.…

New access for JStor

As you may be aware, Plant Heritage is able to provide access the online Journal repository JStor for National Collection Holders to conduct research relating to their plants. We have recently also acquired access to the Global Plants site, also run by Jstor. “Global Plants lets herbaria share their plant type specimens, experts determine and…

Japanese visit to Hampton Court

A study tour from Japanese botanic gardens visited the Plant Heritage Marquee on the last day of Hampton Court Palace Flower Show to speak to all the Collection Holders present and admire their displays. They will be visiting a few Collections during the week as part of a fact-finding trip and then returning to Japan.

Plant Recording Systems: Brahms

Standing for Botanical Research and Herbarium Management System BRAHMS was developed by University of Oxford Plant Sciences Department and has been around for quite some time. It has similarities to other plant recording systems in that it is modular and configurable by the user to their needs. Its strength lies in the ability to integrate…

British Society of Plant Breeders

One of the speakers at the recent Plantnetwork discussion on Nagoya was Penny Maplestone of the British Society of Plant Breeders. She highlighted the information that was available on their Plant Breeding Matters website. Although focused on crops, there is some interesting stuff there.

Kew’s Science Strategy

Kew’s much anticipated Science Strategy is published today. While it is critical to the future of Kew and the work done there, it is also indicative of the current climate for botanic gardens and plant science. The report is very focused on the use and dissemination of existing data, for example building on the work being…