Skip to main content

You are here

Plants & fungi

Maximizing the phylogenetic diversity of seed banks

Z. glabra
Fri, 2014-10-17 12:50

The conservation of plant species in botanical gardens and seed banks is an important complement to conserving species in their natural habitat. It is therefore necessary to give the same attention to the biological diversity represented in ex situ conservation facilities as is often given to protected areas.

Extinct fungus mystery solved

Photo of Clavariadelphus truncatus
Mon, 2014-10-13 11:55

The fruit bodies of the fungus Clavariadelphus truncatus emerge from the woodland floor like pale brown flat-topped (truncated) stalagmites. Although a conspicuous fungus, it has no vouchered British records since Carleton Rea’s find in Shrawley Wood, Worcestershire, in 1924, and it was unofficially declared extinct here in 2006.

A plant family named for Kew

Kewa bowkeriana
Thu, 2014-10-09 15:24

Molluginaceae are a family of herbs and small shrubs of arid lands. However, DNA studies have shown that not all species attributed to this family are the closest relatives of each other. Several genera have already been removed from Molluginaceae and placed in other families.

Cameroon Red Data

The team working on the Red List assessments
Fri, 2014-10-03 17:10

In the first week of September, 87 global species conservation assessments from Tropical Africa’s first Red Data Book for Plants: J.M. Onana and M. Cheek, Red Data Book of the Flowering Plants of Cameroon, Kew Publishing (2011) were reviewed, updated and edited on the IUCN online Species Information Service (SIS). These are expected to be released on the IUCN Redlist website in November 2014 and will be the largest block of new Tropical African assessments appearing there this year.

Kew-Cameroon science link strengthened

Prof. Kathy Willis signing the Memorandum of Collaboration witnessed by Dr Jean-Michel Onana
Fri, 2014-10-03 15:22

On 5 September 2014, the Director of Science, Professor Kathy Willis, signed a five-year extension of the Memorandum of Collaboration agreed with Cameroon. It was witnessed by the Head of Biodiversity Programmes of the Ministry of Science and Scientific Innovation (MINRESI) and Head of the Institute of Agronomic Research & Development-National Herbarium of Cameroon (IRAD-HNC), Dr Jean-Michel Onana.

Book of the month - Remarkable Plants That Shape Our World

Fri, 2014-10-03 13:24

Plants are truly remarkable: even with all our modern technological prowess they still feed, clothe and shelter us, help transport us and can intoxicate and cure us. Authors Helen and William Bynum are expert guides to the rich histories, significance and uses of over 80 key plants in 69 entries, revealing our relationship with them, both utilitarian and aesthetic, and their multiple benefits and cultural associations.

Three new palm genera

Manjekia maturbongsii
Fri, 2014-09-26 16:05

Recent botanical exploration in eastern Malesia has resulted in the discovery of three spectacular palm taxa that have proved difficult to assign to genus. New evidence from molecular phylogenetic research has resulted in these taxa being recognised as three monotypic genera new to science in a recent paper published in Kew Bulletin.

Pages