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Lichens benefit from sunscreen

Xanthoria elegans
Wed, 2015-09-02 10:28

Explosion in numbers of lichen species

A new study has revealed that about 100 million years ago there was an explosion in the number of species within the lichen family Teloschistaceae. Such events are believed by evolutionary biologists to be crucial for the formation of the diversity of life on earth. But unusually for such an ancient event, the researchers have been able to pin down the factors that caused it.

New research shows daisies first appeared when dinosaurs walked the Earth

Daisy meadow
Fri, 2015-08-07 18:39

The study of fossil pollen grains by a group of researchers, including Kew scientists, revealed the daisy family, Asteraceae, to be 20 million years older than previously assumed.

Bursaries available for new MSc in Plant and Fungal Taxonomy, Diversity & Conservation

Mon, 2015-07-06 14:28

To apply, please go through the normal Queen Mary University of London application process and, in addition, please send an email to to indicate that you would like to be considered for one of these bursaries. In your email, please state why you wish to receive the bursary and confirm that you are an EU citizen and have not been awarded any other bursaries or grants for completion of an MSc in the 2015-16 academic year.