Saving plants and fungi

The National Botanic Garden of Wales is actively helping to conserve wild plants, fungi and habitats, both in Wales and further afield.

Our Science team carries out research on the conservation of Welsh plants and habitats, investigating the genetics, propagation and reproduction of species. The combined resources of a conservation genetics lab, extensive horticultural expertise and a National Nature Reserve, allows us to provide an evidence base for the effective conservation of Wales’ most threatened plants, fungi and their habitats.

DNA barcoding plant species is a key research focus for the Garden and our plant DNA barcoding expertise is recognised internationally.

We made Wales the first nation in the world to DNA barcode all of its native flowering plants, providing an open access resource for researchers globally.

Meanwhile, in Borneo we are using DNA barcoding to establish the genetic identification of tree species, working in the Danau Girang Field Centre in Sabah.