There are only 20 Scientific Status Collections from a total of 637 National Collections. Scientific Status is awarded to Collection Holders who are researching and developing their collection more actively, furthering the knowledge of a genus or plant group.
Activities that help achieve Scientific Status include:
* evidence of published research
* a focus on sharing knowledge and plant material
* detailed record-keeping, such as photographic records or herbarium specimens
* in depth knowledge of the conservation status of their plants, history of the cultivars and the breeders
Plant Heritage chief executive officer Sarah Quarterman said:"‘I am delighted that these two National Collection Holders have been recognised for their research and expertise in this way. Achieving Scientific Status is a significant amount of work and we salute them."