He began herborizing while still in his teens, later working at the Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques in Geneva. He is remembered for investigations of flora found in the Maritime Alps. His impressive herbarium is now part of the botanical conservatory in Geneva.
- Flore des Alpes maritimes ou Catalogue raisonné des plantes qui croissent spontanément dans la chaîne des Alpes maritimes, etc.; (7 volumes 1892-1931, with John Isaac Briquet and François Cavillier).
- Catalogue raisonné des Hieracium des Alpes Maritimes; (1883, with August Gremli).
- This article is based on a translation of an article from the Spanish Wikipedia.
- Les collections botanique Emile Burnat (in French)
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