PlantNetwork events for 2017

PlantNetwork, the national network of botanic gardens, arboreta and other documented plant collections in Britain and Ireland is organising a series of events for 2017: Annual conference 2017 ‘Connecting gardens; engaging people’.  – 26-27 April 2017, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Plant records training day and Mount Stuart garden visit  – 3-4 May 2017, Mount Stuart Garden, Isle…

New digital herbarium launched

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-01/lmsu-oot012317.php The Lomonosov Moscow State University in Russia has launched a new digital herbarium, featuring extensive collections of flora from Eastern Europe, Siberia and the Far East, Crimea, Caucuses, Mongolia, African and South Asian countries. At the moment the herbarium contains over 500,000 digitised specimens of 9,000 plant species. To search for specimens, please visit the herbarium website here:…

A request for Digitalis material

Our Collection Holder Terry Baker (The Botanic Nursery) is currently working on a monograph of the genus Digitalis. He is also intending to build up a digital photographic database and produce herbarium specimens. To this end, he is looking for material (seeds or plants) from reliable, wild collected sources for the following species: Digitalis chalcantha Digitalis thapsi…

Primula Collection Holder in breakthrough research

The National Collection Holder for Primula (British floral variants), Dr Margaret Webster is a coauthor of a landmark paper published in the latest issue of Nature Plants scientific journal: http://www.nature.com/articles/nplants2016188 Margaret has spent over 20 years collecting and researching the various floral mutants of primrose. In 2005, she submitted a PhD thesis on Floral Morphogenesis in Primula. The reproductive system of primula…