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The Kew magazine spring issue is out now

Christina Harrison
14 March 2011
Blog team: 
There's plenty for everyone in the spring issue of Kew magazine - including a round up of published plant science stories from around the world.

As always the magazine is packed with features (you can see two right here), but did you know at the beginning of each issue we have a quick round up of some of the most interesting published plant science stories from around the world?

This issue's round up looks at:

  • a parasitic plant (Cytinus visseri) being pollinated by a wiggly-nosed elephant shrew, which is driven wild by its distinctive odour
  • research into the reasons why plants accumulate heavy metals in their tissues
  • how some cacti manage to shrink back into the soil to retreat from the heat; 
  • how the discovery of fossilised spores in the ancient mud of an estuary in north-west Argentina has increased the age of the earliest known land plants by some ten million years!

All of these stories are absolutely fascinating and show how cutting-edge plant science continues to be.


Identification of Dalbergia nigra was done by anatomical features only - until now


From Kew we follow the story of scientists in the Jodrell Laboratory whose work on Brazilian rosewood (Dalbergia nigra) has discovered a way of identifying this protected species using a distinctive phenolic compound. This means that illegal imports of this rosewood can be detected much more easily now - helping Customs officers to crack down on its trade with greater efficiency.  Just another way in which Kew is helping protect plants around the world!

- Christina -

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