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Monitoring the effect of an invasive pine scale insect on the national tree of the Turks and Caicos Islands

by: Sara Green, UK Overseas Territories team blog
21 Nov 2011

While an introduced scale insect devastates the Caicos pine in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), Sara Green, a Conservation Science MSc student from Imperial College, London investigated the impact that the insect is having on the tree’s habitat and the effectiveness of different techniques of controlling this pest.

Wet grassland in Lunda Norte, Angola

Botanical survey doubles the known flora of Lunda Norte, Angola

21 Nov 2011

A rapid survey of three river catchments in a remote area of Angola has provided reasons for their designation under the Angolan Protected Areas Expansion Strategy.


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Ilex aquifolium (holly)

Christmas plants

21 Nov 2011

From the frankincense and myrrh mentioned in the Bible as two of the gifts given to baby Jesus by the 'Three Wise Men', to the holly and mistletoe that decorate our houses today. Browse through our selection of photos and illustrations of plants that have connections with Christmas.


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Hydrocybe conica fungi in grassland

Conserving British waxcap fungi

18 Nov 2011

A Defra-funded project at Kew is working to find out how many waxcap species there are in Britain, and to improve methods for their identification. The results of this work should help conservationists to prioritise those species and sites which are most in need of further protection.


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The Andean foothills bordering the Ica valley

Plant remains tell a two thousand year story of landscape change

14 Nov 2011

Archaeological plant remains from an environmentally degraded valley in the deserts of southern Peru reveal the rise and fall of agricultural production.


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Expedition to remote coastal areas

Join Kew experts on an expedition to Central America

10 Nov 2011

Discover the remotest corners of Central America and the Caribbean with Kew scientists on a small expedition ship. An amazing discovery and adventure opportunity for members and Friends of Kew.


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Introducing our new Library Graduate Trainee

by: Debora Hodgson, Library, Art and Archives blog
09 Nov 2011

Read about our new Library Graduate Trainee and all that her role entails.

The beauty or the beast?

by: Marcelo Sellaro, Tropical Nursery blog
07 Nov 2011

Join Marcelo Sellaro as he explores the fascinating world of the titan arum.

Palms in rainforest

Palms as a model for rainforest evolution

07 Nov 2011

The first complete genus-level dated phylogeny of palms reveals insights into the evolution of rainforests.


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Fruits and leaves of autumn

by: Tony Hall, Arboretum team blog
04 Nov 2011

Tony Hall shares his favourite fruits and leaves from this autumn's show.

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Flower of Nematolepis wilsonii

Nematolepis wilsonii
shining nematolepis

Shining nematolepis was thought to have become extinct in its one known site after the bush fires of February 2009. However, more intensive monitoring discovered a new population nearby with some adult plants and healthy seedlings.

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