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Collecting and cataloguing pine samples in the Turks and Caicos Islands

Pine pests on the Turks and Caicos Islands

15 May 2012

Scientists are studying the insects causing the decline of the Caribbean pine on Turks and Caicos and searching for chemical markers for unhealthy trees.


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Investigating the plants of the Caribbean... on the outskirts of London!

by: Andrew Budden, UK Overseas Territories team blog
15 May 2012

Andrew Budden, one of Kew's volunteer interns, describes how information from preserved specimens of Caribbean plants helps to assess the conservation status of plants native to the Caribbean UK Overseas Territories.

North American Landscape at the British Museum

North American Landscape star plants

08 May 2012

Browse images of star plants featuring in this year's North American Landscape at the British Museum.


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Photo: Blossoms outside the Temperate House

Icons of Kew Gardens

08 May 2012

Browse photographs of the iconic buildings, plants and views at Kew Gardens.


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The sadistic dispersal strategy of the puncture vine

by: Wolfgang Stuppy, Millennium Seed Bank blog
08 May 2012

In his third 'Seed of the Month' blog series, Wolfgang Stuppy warns us of the 'dangerous' seeds of Tribulus terrestris.

Painting of ‘Night Flowering Lily and Ferns, Jamaica’ by Marianne North

Analyses of Marianne North paintings

04 May 2012

Chemical analyses of Kew’s Marianne North oil paintings have helped in their conservation.


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Photo: David Nash in the Wood Quarry with a chainsaw

David Nash at Kew - inside the Wood Quarry

02 May 2012

David Nash is sculpting a series of evolving artworks in the Wood Quarry at Kew Gardens, which will become part of the David Nash at Kew: A Natural Gallery exhibition. See Nash's imagination take shape in our exclusive video and visit the exhibition from June 2012.


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The plants have arrived

by: Steve Ruddy, Kew at the British Museum blog
02 May 2012

Following the arrival of over 4,000 plants, Steve Ruddy and his team have been busy building the North American Landscape... but weather conditions have made it challenging!

Conservation of Fortune's Chinese tree portraits

by: Emma Le Cornu, Library, Art and Archives blog
30 Apr 2012

Read about the conservation work which has been carried out on some beautiful watercolour tree portraits from Kew's Illustrations collection.

Behind-the-scenes of the Jodrell

by: Jean Helliwell, Millennium Seed Bank blog
23 Apr 2012

Millennium Seed Bank volunteer Jean Helliwell recounts her recent opportunity to visit the Jodrell Laboratory at Kew.

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Whereas in European countries herbalists have mainly used selfheal for treating wounds, in Chinese medicine it is mainly used for treating liver complaints, acting as a stimulant in the liver and gall bladder.

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