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Botanists ensure safety of South American tree

Aextoxicon punctatum
Tue, 2014-12-23 11:54

The team from Kew’s 500-acre country estate at Ardingly ventured to Chile in 2009 and encountered smoking volcanoes and leech-infested forests in their hunt to save highly endangered plant species of the area. They brought back over half a million seeds from the most vital plant species they discovered, climbing mountains and volcanoes, crossing rivers, and even collecting by boat in a fjord surrounded by dense temperate rainforest while dolphins and sea lions swam alongside.

MedPlant Summer School

Kew Scientists teach on the first MedPlant Summer School (Photo: Olwen Grace)
Thu, 2014-09-25 15:51

Two Kew scientists, Olwen Grace and Hassan Rankou, travelled to Morocco recently to teach at the first Summer School for MedPlant scholars (11-19 September 2014).

Kew publishes world-leading book on Erythronium by Kew horticulturist

Photo of Chris Clennett
Tue, 2014-07-01 14:16

Seven years of research, sometimes in less than hospitable locations around the globe, lie behind Dr Chris Clennett’s new book - The Genus Erythronium: A Botanical Magazine Monograph. By day Chris works in the beautiful botanic gardens of Wakehurst Place at Ardingly, but to write the learned tome on Erythronium he had to climb remote mountain ranges in California and even follow in the path of grizzly bears.

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