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Eucera bee on mustard

Can bees meet their nutritional needs in the UK?

18 Oct 2011

A new project is studying the nutrition of bees in the UK in a BBSRC initiative that aims to understand the decline of pollinators in Britain.


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Small pearl bordered fritillary butterfly

Trust’s link-up with Kew offers hope for endangered butterfly

17 Oct 2011

Specialists from Kew and Durham Wildlife Trust are working together to help save the endangered small pearl bordered fritillary butterfly in County Durham.


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Thinking of entering International Garden Photographer of the Year 2011?

by: Philip Smith, International Garden Photographer blog
17 Oct 2011

International Garden Photographer of the Year has a first prize of £5000 plus other cash prizes - here are some tips to help you net the big one!

Discovering your family tree at Kew Gardens

by: Stephanie Rolt, Library, Art and Archives blog
17 Oct 2011

With researching our family history becoming an increasingly popular pastime, Stephanie describes how the archives at Kew could help you to delve into the lives of your ancestors.

Galanthus flowers and galantamine

Natural products for dementia

12 Oct 2011

Kew pharmacist, Melanie-Jayne Howes, has been collaborating in research and reviews assessing the role of natural products in the treatment and prevention of dementia.


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Autumn colour on the Rock Garden

by: Joanne Everson, Alpine and Rock Garden team blog
12 Oct 2011

After the heat wave of last week, the autumnal weather is now back to normal. But don't worry, there is plenty of colour to see on the Rock Garden. Look out for Crocus, Cyclamen and even an early snowdrop.

Jonathan Timberlake reaches the peak of Mount Mabu

How Google helped Kew to put Mount Mabu on the conservation map

05 Oct 2011

In the week that Google celebrates some of the new scientific discoveries enabled by Google Earth, Kew looks back to 2005 when a team of scientists, led by Kew's Jonathan Timberlake, found the hidden paradise of Mount Mabu in Mozambique.


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Finding new plants on Montserrat

by: Marcelo Sellaro & Anna Haigh, UK Overseas Territories team blog
04 Oct 2011

During a recent field trip to the Caribbean island of Montserrat, two members of Kew staff discovered plant species which had not previously been known to occur on the island. 

Cossinia trifoliata

Sapindaceae systematics

04 Oct 2011

The family Sapindaceae has been used to compare different methods of phylogenetic analysis.


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Come on a fungal foray at Kew

by: Christina Harrison, Kew magazine blog
26 Sep 2011

At this time of year there are some very special appearances in Kew Gardens. Why not come on a fungal foray to discover some weird and wonderful new friends.

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