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Is our daily cup of coffee under threat?

Deforestation in South Sudan
Thu, 2012-11-08 00:00

A study conducted by scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in collaboration with scientists in Ethiopia, reports that climate change alone could lead to the extinction of wild Arabica coffee (Coffea arabica) well before the end of this century. Wild Arabica is considered important for the sustainability of the coffee industry due to its considerable genetic diversity.

Chalara dieback of ash - RBG Kew's response

Mon, 2012-11-05 15:24

Background information

Interactive Indigofera identification

Identifying Indigofera
Thu, 2012-11-01 12:59

An interactive identification guide to the genus Indigofera in Southern Africa (about 320 species) is being developed that can be used directly in the field using a hand-held device.

Madagascar’s palms near extinction

Dypsis tokoravina in Madagascar
Wed, 2012-10-17 08:02

The extent of the threat to palms in Madagascar announced today by the The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) brings the total number of species listed on The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species to 65,518, of which 20,219 are threatened with extinction.

Palm biogeography

Washingtonia filifera
Tue, 2012-09-25 00:00

Two scientific papers co-authored by Kew researchers on palm biogeography have been published recently.

Determinants of palm distribution

The first paper, published in Global Ecology and Biogeography, resulted from collaboration with Aarhus University. The research exploited Kew’s World Checklist of Palms and the geographical distribution information that it contains to explore the current and historical determinants of palm distribution and diversity patterns.