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RBGE is the leading European centre of taxonomic research on the Zingiberaceae and is among the foremost in the world. Various approaches are used to gather the maximum information on these plants, such as revising groups of species for floras and…
Floras, Checklists and Inventories
Many parts of the tropics are poorly known botanically. A major aspect of the Tropical Section's efforts are to explore these poorly known regions and to compile data on the plants found there. This data is then published as checklists or…
History of Collectors in the Herbarium
There are over 14,000 collectors represented in the herbarium at RBGE. Some of these collectors have made a significant impact on the collections, either by the number of specimens or by the number of new species they collected. These collectors…
The cultivated herbarium helps facilitate ‘a gold standard’ reference collection within RBGE. Not only do these cultivated specimens act as an identification reference to the living collection i.e. where plant material has been requested for…
Ferns and Allies
The Ferns & Fern Allies include Ferns, horsetails, clubmosses, spikemosses and quillworts. They are an ancient group, with fossil evidence of members from 400 million years ago. Around 90% of current diversity in this group is accounted for by…
The gymnosperms, which include cycads, ginkgos, and conifers (pines, spruces, firs, cypresses, and larches) are an ancient lineage of plants, dating back at least 300 million years - today they can be found on all continents except Antarctica. The…
Silica Dried Collection
A recent addition to the collections at RBGE is the material which has been dried in silica to preserve the DNA for later extraction and sequencing. This technique is commonly used for plant material thanks to its effectiveness in preserving the…
Integrated Pest Management
Herbarium Beetle (Trogoderma angustum) and Biscuit Beetle (Stegobium paniceum) have the potential to cause serious damage to our herbarium collections if left unchecked. In the past, pest management in the Herbarium often involved regular use of…
Preparation of Specimens
Each new plant specimen we add to the Herbarium collection is carefully prepared so that it will remain in good condition for use by future researchers. Different herbaria use different methods for mounting plant specimens. The sections below…
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