The Kew magazine spring issue is out now
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!
- Get your copy of Kew magazine now - you can buy a copy in the Kew shops or online.
- Kew magazine is available for the special discount price of £3.95 in the Kew shops.
- Christina -