STUDENT PROJECT: A SURVEY OF BRYOPHYTES AND THEIR MANAGEMENT IN THE FERNS AND FOSSILS HOUSE AT THE ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN EDINBURGH

Hazel France

Abstract


This paper is derived from a research project produced during the author’s studies for a BSc in
Horticulture with Plantsmanship at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE). The body of
work represents findings from a floristic survey of naturally occurring bryophytes in the Ferns and
Fossils House at RBGE. This site merited close study due to the known presence of at least two
southern hemisphere species along with many native species. Horticultural staff were interviewed
about current bryophyte management within glasshouse displays. Recommendations are made for
raising the status of bryophytes in botanic gardens and expanding the scope of living collections.
This report includes an introduction, literature review, methodology, survey results, interview
summary and conclusion.

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