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Orchid seeds – Nature’s tiny treasures

by: Wolfgang Stuppy, Millennium Seed Bank blog
28 Nov 2013

Orchids have the smallest seeds in the world and they produce millions of them, but why? Kew's seed morphologist Wolfgang Stuppy explains the clever survival plan that lies behind this seemingly wasteful strategy.

The great reindeer move

by: Jess Smith, Library, Art and Archives blog
27 Nov 2013

Jess Smith finds out how Kew's knowledge of mosses and lichens helped to introduce 300 Lapland reindeer into northern Canada, over 100 years ago.

Explore Your Archive!

by: Lorna Cahill, Library, Art and Archives blog
20 Nov 2013

To celebrate the launch of the nationwide Explore Your Archive scheme, one of Kew's archivists highlights a treasure from Kew's past.

A glasshouse trainee in the Tropical Nursery

by: Miranda Janatka, Tropical Nursery blog
18 Nov 2013

Miranda Janatka describes life as a glasshouse trainee in the Tropical Nursery.

Photo of Cyanella alba

Historical biogeography of Tecophilaeaceae

18 Nov 2013

The complex history of the family Tecophilaeaceae has been revealed by molecular methods.


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Photo of the BarrowBand performing

Do you want to perform at Kew this Christmas?

14 Nov 2013

Kew Gardens is looking for acoustic bands and groups (up to 10 people) to perform at Kew this Christmas.


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Orchids in the mist

by: Sarah Cody, Millennium Seed Bank blog
13 Nov 2013

Sarah Cody explores the valuable contribution that visiting researchers to the Millennium Seed Bank make to our understanding of seed behaviour, through the experiences of Ceci and Nelson, two visitors from Brazil who are helping us unravel the mysteries of orchid seeds.

Watch the new Google Stories ad documenting Kew scientists’ expedition to Mount Mabu

11 Nov 2013

The campaign tells the story of Kew’s Africa Drylands team discovering new species of plants and animals in this previously unknown paradise in Mozambique.


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Kew training in Ethiopia

by: Mekbib Fekadu, Millennium Seed Bank blog
11 Nov 2013

Mekbib Fekadu, a botanist at the National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, tells us what it's like to take part in a Kew Seed Conservation Training course.

Photo of Carlos Magdalena holding the 2013 Commonwealth wreath for rememberence day

Kew's wreath for remembrance 2013

08 Nov 2013

The wreath laid at the Cenotaph on behalf of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on Remembrance Sunday is provided, as always, by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, using flora representative of the UK Overseas Territories.


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