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Beautiful new waterlily species discovered by Kew plant hunter Carlos Magdalena

The new discovered waterlily species growing in the wild
Thu, 2015-06-04 13:34

A new waterlily species has been found on a plant-hunting expedition in a remote spot in Kimberley, Western Australia. As plant-hunter Carlos Magdalena investigated the waterlily, it became clear this was not the first time the species has been encountered by Kew experts.  

Seed-collecting in China’s Yunnan province

Jonas Mueller with Chinese colleagues
Sun, 2015-04-12 10:04

Banking seeds in China

Kew scientists helped establish the Kunming Institute of Botany’s Germplasm Bank of Wild Species (GBOWS), which was opened in 2007. Situated in Kunming, Yunnan province, it is the largest seed bank for wild species in Asia with more than 62,000 seed collections stored in its vaults, representing almost 8,500 wild species of the Chinese flora.

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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