Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) is a leading international research organisation delivering knowledge, education, and plant conservation action around the world.
In Scotland its four Gardens at Edinburgh, Benmore, Dawyck, and Logan attract nearly a million visitors each year. Its overall mission is to Explore, Conserve and Explain the World of Plants for a Better Future. Learn more at www.rbge.org.uk
Responding to the Biodiversity Crisis and the Climate Emergency, RBGE’s scientific programme of world-class biodiversity research underpins the conservation and sustainable use of the world’s plant resources. This research is closely aligned with the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC) 2020 Targets and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Aichi Biodiversity Targets. RBGE was one of the four organizations which founded the World Flora Online (WFO) in 2012, and continues to play a leading role in growing, shaping, and supporting this vitally important international initiative.
In addition to active participation on WFO Working Groups and Council, RBGE provides the TEN Manager who coordinates the expert curation of the WFO’s Taxonomic Backbone, and other staff lead TENs providing information for plant groups including Begoniaceae (begonias), Ericaceae (heathers), Gesneriaceae (African violets), Solanaceae (nightshades), Zingiberaceae (gingers), three families of tropical trees Dipterocarpaceae, Sapotaceae, Irvingiaceae, and all the world’s conifers.
RBGE is a charity and a non-departmental public body sponsored and supported through grant-in-aid by the Scottish Government’s Environment and Forestry Directorate. RBGE is led by Regius Keeper Simon Milne, and governed by a Board of Trustees appointed by Scottish Ministers. RBGE is a member of the SEFARI collective of publicly funded research institutions, and pleased to acknowledge financial support from the the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery.
Located in: Edinburgh, UK
Associated WFO Contacts:
- Hannah Atkins (TEN Focal)
- Alan Elliott (TEN Focal, TEN Manager)
- David Harris (TEN Focal)
- Mark Hughes (TEN Focal)
- Roger Hyam (Technical Working Group Member)
- Mark Newman (TEN Focal)
- Colin Pendry (Taxonomic Working Group Member)
- Axel Poulsen
- Tiina Särkinen (TEN Focal)
- Philip Thomas (TEN Focal)
- Mark Watson (Taxonomic Working Group Co-Chair, Council Member)
- Peter Wilkie (TEN Focal)
Associated Taxonomic Expert Networks (TENs):
- Begoniaceae - Begonia Resource Centre
- Dipterocarpaceae - Forestry Research Programme Dipterocarpaceae Database
- Ericaceae Resource Centre
- Papaveraceae - Tribe Papaverae
- Sapotaceae Resource Centre
- Solanaceae - SolanaceaeSource.org
- Zingiberaceae Resource Centre