Plant Health – an update on Xylella

Xylella fastidiosa is a damaging bacterium whose symptoms include leaf scorch, wilt, dieback and plant death. It has caused significant mortality to olive trees in southern Italy and has been found on ornamental plants in Corsica, southern France, Germany and Spain. X. fastidiosa is transmitted by insects such as spittlebugs. If found in the UK, Xylella could have devastating consequences …

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Insurance for Collection Holders

As National Collection Holders, you are protected by Plant Heritage's public liability insurance for injury and/or property damage suffered by third parties while visiting your National Collections. This includes personal injury to members of the public, including food poisoning arising from food consumed at the Collection opening, but does not include injury to paid staff of NCH, or …

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BGCI 6th Global Botanic Gardens Congress: visions for the future

In June 2017 I was able to attend the 6th Global Botanic Gardens Congress organised by BGCI (Botanic Gardens Conservation International) in Geneva. I presented a poster to promote the Plant Guardian scheme, as a way of making plant conservation more accessible to the public, and hope that it will inspire other countries to launch …

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RHS Survey on Honey Fungus

The RHS has launched the Honey Fungus Hunt, a web-based survey to encourage members of the public to submit records of honey fungus in UK parks and gardens. Honey fungus is the common name of several species of fungi within the genus Armillaria. Honey fungus spreads underground, attacking and killing the roots of perennial plants and then decaying the …

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International Congress for Conservation Biology: is horticulture a conservation problem or solution?

The 28th International Congress for Conservation Biology was held from July 23rd to 27th in Cartagena, Colombia. A session entitled "Tackling over-collection of wild plants - is horticulture a conservation problem or solution?" included the six talks listed below: Lauren Gardiner (Conservation Science, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew): The stamp-collector’s dream: are private horticultural collections species’ saviours or drivers …

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