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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New issue of the Cultivated Plant Taxonomy newsletter

The new issue (Issue 5) of the Cultivated Plant Taxonomy newsletter edited by HORTAX is available to download from this link: http://www.hortax.org.uk/cpt-newsletter Articles include: Information of the launch of new taxonomic journal, the Journal of Cultivated Plant Diversity. Recent changes to International cultivar registrars (ICRAs) New editions of the Lists of Names of Woody Plants and Perennials …

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Free workshop on Phytophtora

Please find below an invitation to a free workshop on Phytophthora organised as part of the Phytothreats prokect. On behalf of the Phyto-threats project (‘Global threats from Phytophthora species; Understanding drivers of emergence and opportunities for mitigation through nursery best practice’: https://www.forestry.gov.uk/fr/phytothreats) I would like to invite you to attend a stakeholder workshop to be held at …

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Plants of the World online portal launched

The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew have recently launched a new portal, Plants of the World Online (POWO): http://www.plantsoftheworldonline.org In line with Kew's 2015 Science Strategy, the portal aims to enable users to access information on all the world’s known seed-bearing plants by 2020. With over 8.5 million items, Kew 's collections represent over 95% of known …

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DNA identification of fruit cultivars

FruitID is a volunteer community project started in 2009 to help with the identification of heritage fruit cultivars and their conservation. The website is home to a catalogue of apple varieties, with comprehensive information and pictures: http://www.fruitid.com To help with identification, they are running a DNA Fingerprinting project in collaboration with East Malling research institute …

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