St Andrews Botanic Garden under threat of closure


St Andrews Botanic Garden

The lease of St Andrews Botanic Garden expires in September 2013 and the Garden is under threat of closure from this September.

Student Dissertation Prize 2012

Philippa Stone, a BSc Ecological Science (Hons. Forestry) student from the University of Edinburgh, was judged the winner of the 2012 student dissertation prize with a project entitled “The effect of Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis) silviculture on stand structure and epiphytic lichen abundance in Glentress Forest”.

BSS News 99

I hope you have all had a good summer botanising - despite the weather. The final batch of BSS News 99 was posted out today. Please let us know what you think of the new, improved, print quality!

New species of dandelion (Taraxacum pankhurstianum) found on St Kilda



A new species of dandelion has been discovered on the island of Hirta in St Kilda archipelago. The plant was first collected by Jim McIntosh, BSBI Scottish Officer, on recording trip to St Kilda two years ago. It was then grown at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh from achenes and described by Prof John Richards.

Two Society publications made available on-line for the first time

The Botanical Society of Scotland is please to announce that two of the Society's publications made available on-line for the first time, through the Biodiversity Heritage Library and the Internet Archive, as part of the Society's 175 anniversary celebrations.

Congratulations to Professor Roy Watling


Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh

In the inaugural "RSPB Nature of Scotland Awards", Professor Roy Watling has received an 'Outstanding Contribution to Nature Award' for a lifetime of inspiring the public about fungi. Roy is a long standing member of the Society and was President from 1984-86.

Poems in a Botanical Dialect

Poems in a Botanical Dialect: a collection of poetry by Roger West, is now available to member of the Society on-line, just follow this link to the Poems in a Botanical Dialect. Please note that you need to be a logged in order to read the poems.

Plant Ecology & Diversity's first Impact Factor 2.053!

Plant Ecology & Diversity, the Society's journal has just received it's first Impact Factor of 2.053. The journal ranks 57/187 in the Plant Science subject area, placing it in the 2nd Quartile. This is fantastic for the journal's first Impact Factor!

Registration open for Next Generation Plant Ecology & Evolution workshop 2011


Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE)


Alex Twyford

Registration is now open for the Next Generation Plant Ecology & Evolution workshop 2011. This workshop, sponsored by the Botanical Society of Scotland, will be a two day workshop on how next generation sequencing technologies can transform research in plant ecology and evolution. Taking place at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE), on the 18 - 19th October 2011.

New Vice President and Honorary Members

Dr Chris Jeffree has accepted the post of Vice President of the Botanical Society of Scotland. We also welcome three new honorary members of the Society Prof. John Raven, Prof. Janet Sprent and Prof. Mary Gibby.

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