Image showing artist’s impression of elephant birds on a beach in Madagascar

Madagascar's orphans of extinction

Researchers in Comparative Seed Biology, Wolfgang Stuppy and Aurélie Albert-Daviaud, explain how some Madagascan plants are living on 'borrowed time' following the extinction of their seed dispersers.


For the love of trees

Kew celebrates International Day of Forests and reveals what is being done to protect trees for future generations.

Image showing high rates of erosion are causing the Betsiboka River in western Madagascar to turn red

Conservation in Madagascar: MSc field trip experiences

This year’s MSc students have just returned from their exciting field trip to Madagascar. Yannick Woudstra (MSc student) tells us about the students’ experiences with conservation and field work in this biodiversity hotspot. In Part one Yannick looks at Madagascar’s difficult conservation story.

Local people on the Avenue of the Baobabs, Morondava, Madagascar (Credit: Gavin Evans, licensed under CC-by-SA 3.0)

State of the World's Plants Symposium 2017 – Programme announced

Following the resounding success of the inaugural State of the World’s Plants Symposium in 2016, Kew is set to host another great line-up of world-class speakers. Among the programme highlights will be a guest talk by the President of the Republic of Mauritius, Her Excellency, Dr Ameenah Gurib-Fakim. 

Kencho Dorji and Kezang Tobgay outside the Kew Herbarium

Scientists from Bhutan visit Kew

Two Biodiversity Officers from the National Biodiversity Centre in Thimphu, Bhutan have just completed a three-week visit to Kew's Herbarium where they selected a range of Bhutanese specimens to digitise.

Bothrops asper is considered the most dangerous snake in Central America. (Image: Dogymho, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license)

Can plants be used to treat snakebites?

Peter Giovannini and Melanie-Jayne Howes in Kew’s Natural Capital and Plant Health Department assess the scientific evidence supporting the local use of plants to treat snakebites.

Flowers of Paubrasilia echinata with the characteristic blood red upper petal (Image: L.P. de Queiroz)

New species roundup: Kew’s 2016 discoveries

2016 saw the publication of over 450 new genera, species and varieties of fungi and plants in papers co-authored by Kew scientists and their collaborators around the world. Of these, more than 200 can be directly ascribed to Kew scientists themselves.

China Williams in one of the Plenary meetings

Kew at the UN Biodiversity Conference

China Williams, from Kew’s Conservation Policy team, discusses updates from the UN Biodiversity Conference that took place in December 2016 in Cancun, Mexico.