Referee Assessment of Plant Genera

Since September, the refereeing process of genera with cultivars established as Critical in Cultivation by the TPP has been gaining momentum. We are reviewing and testing the assessment process as we go, and widening the feedback methods, beyond the original online format (paper copy, in person, by phone) is proving far more beneficial to our…

Call for annual reports

It’s that time of the year again when we ask for Annual Reports for your National Collections. We would love to hear about any developments to your collection(s), exciting projects that you have been involved with or shows that you have attended. You can also take this opportunity to request help from us, whether it is regarding…

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.

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…