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Jasminum humile

Mechanistic insights into Old English plants

09 Jul 2012

Plants from the Queen’s Garden at Kew have been investigated for their potential to treat auto-immune diseases.


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Launching a Plant Conservation Task Force for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands

by: Colin Clubbe, UK Overseas Territories team blog
09 Jul 2012

A major outcome of a one-week plant conservation workshop hosted by the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, is the establishment of a Plant Conservation Task Force for Puerto Rico and the US and British Virgin Islands. The overall goal of the Task Force is to protect and sustain the native plant diversity of the Puerto Rican Bank.

Collectors in the field in Kenya

Kew and Kenyan partners go seed collecting for wild relatives of aubergine, rice and yam

29 Jun 2012

Watch our 'fly on the wall' documentary, produced by Al Jazeera, and follow Tim Pearce and Paul Kirika in Kenya, as they secure vital seed collections for the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership.


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Have you visited the David Nash at Kew exhibition yet?

by: Christina Harrison, Kew magazine blog
29 Jun 2012

If not, what's stopping you?
The sculptures are looking fantastic right now and there's plenty to see, whatever the weather.

A collection of Euro coins

Donate your unwanted foreign coins to Kew

28 Jun 2012

Have you returned from holiday with unwanted currency? Perhaps you have foreign coins and notes hidden away in the back of a drawer? Why not donate them to Kew and support our work?


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Structures of two similar flavonoid glycosides

Spot the chemical difference

26 Jun 2012

Scientists at Kew have devised a method to distinguish similar flavonoids when chemically profiling plant extracts.


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Unexpected photos from the field

by: Alex Roberts, UK Overseas Territories team blog
19 Jun 2012

Whilst studying herbarium specimens collected from the Caribbean Islands, UKOTs intern Alex Roberts was thrilled to discover photographs taken during a plant collecting expedition to Dominica in 1940, tucked away alongside the plant specimens they portray.


Pretty little liars

by: Wolfgang Stuppy, Millennium Seed Bank blog
18 Jun 2012

In his fourth 'Seed of the Month' series, Wolfgang Stuppy exposes some fraudsters of the plant kingdom including the pretty but poisonous seeds of Abrus precatorius.

Gardeners and tigers and scares, oh my!

by: Emma Latham, Library, Art and Archives blog
15 Jun 2012

It's not just plant talk and garden gossip in the Directors' Correspondence; there are some letters which recount exciting (and rather scary!) events too, such as the late 19th century tiger attack in the Calcutta Botanic Gardens.

Kew's 'Old Lions' celebrate 250 years

by: Tony Hall, Arboretum team blog
14 Jun 2012

This year marks the 250th anniversary of Kew's 'Old Lions'. These magnificent trees are the oldest trees with known dates in the Gardens, dating back to 1762.

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Galanthus nivalis
common snowdrop

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