botanical

Heritage Lottery funding to safeguard Lincolnshire plants

A new Heritage Lottery Fund supported project aims to inspire young people to become the botanists of the future, helping to safeguard and improve our understanding of plants and the environment. Pioneered by Lincolnshire Naturalists’ Union, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, the Sir Joseph Banks Society and the Natural History Museum,...

Combating mercury poisoning

A safe and cheap procedure to aid the reduction of harmful levels of toxic pesticides in museums’ plant specimens has been discovered. Historically, museums and other collectors applied pesticides to botanical materials to prevent insect and fungal damage, commonly using highly toxic compounds of mercury and arsenic. These poisons...

Detecting mercury in historic plant specimens

A University of Lincoln academic and PhD student have been working to develop innovative and economical methods to detect harmful mercury in preserved plant specimens in museums. Historically, museums and other collectors applied pesticides to botanical materials to prevent insect and fungal damage, commonly using highly toxic compounds of...