S1.5 Living Collections as a Natural History Resource
Ms Sadie Barber¹, Mr Robert Cubey¹
¹Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, UK
While herbaria have long been part of the Natural History narrative, living and zoological collections have stood outside the existing Natural History Networks. Yet these collections hold an invaluable resource – collections of living material – that underpin natural science and education, and help to bring stories of the natural world to life. A living collection can be a window to species discovery, evolution, historic plant hunting, traditional knowledge and ethnobotany, and so much more. This symposium intends to highlight how a living collection can be a Natural History Resource with 6 talks of 12 – 15 mins.