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International Day for Biological Diversity 2014 - <em>Kew Scientist</em> 45 features research on islands

Photo of Lord Howe Island
Thu, 2014-05-22 13:34

Today (22 May 2014) is the United Nation’s International Biological Diversity Day and this year’s theme is Island Biological Diversity. The theme was chosen to coincide with the UN designation of 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States and with the timing of the decision by the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity 'to strengthen the implementation of the Programme of Work on Island Biodiversity'.

Tiptoeing through the tulips

Photo of Tulipa saxatilis
Mon, 2014-04-14 17:08

Tulipa (tulips; Liliaceae) is a genus of geophytes with about 76 species, occurring from south-western Europe and North Africa to Central Asia. The long history of cultivation of the genus means that the taxonomy and classification of the genus have been complicated by selection, hybridization and the occurrence of naturalized populations outside the native range, notably in Western Europe.