Save Scotland's Rainforests
Scotlandís rainforest is one of our most precious habitats. It is as important as tropical rainforest, but even rarer. Yet few people in Scotland know it exists and fewer still know how globally significant it is.
The BBS is a partner organisation in the Alliance for Scotlandís Rainforest Ė a voluntary partnership of more than 20 organisations that are all committed to collaborative action for the benefit of the rainforest. Check out this video explaining their work: https://savingscotlandsrainforest.org.uk.
Help us with Physcomitrium pyriforme specimens
Researchers in the US have recently contacted the BBS to request help with finding specimens of Physcomitrium pyriforme. For the last 2 years they have been working on a research project on plant genome evolution using this species as a model organism.
They have been running a citizen science program called PhyscoHunt, asking for the help of professional and amateur naturalists to obtain samples of this moss, and this has been quite successful in North America. However they have received very few samples from Europe and so are approaching us directly.
You can read more about this request from Raphael Medina and download their specific instructions on the type of sample needed and what to do with them from this link: Help us finding Physcomitrium pyriforme.
The US team, Raphael Medina, Bernard Goffinet and Matt Johnson, would like to thank you in advance for any samples you can provide.