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Wli waterfall in the Volta Region of Ghana (copywrite Gabriel K. Ameka)

Barcoding African river-weeds

11 Feb 2011

Scientists from Kew and the University of Ghana have tested the DNA barcode in a study of African river-weeds (Podostemaceae).


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Kew magazine is 20 years old!

by: Christina Harrison, Kew magazine blog
08 Feb 2011

Since 1991 Kew magazine has been bringing you news of Kew's work and the wonders of the plant world.

Rare plants from Montserrat on display at Kew Gardens

by: Pat Griggs, UK Overseas Territories team blog
04 Feb 2011

For the first time ever, visitors to Kew will be able to see two unique plants from the Caribbean island of Montserrat (normally kept safely behind the scenes) during the Volunteer Guides' hands-on sessions in this year’s Tropical Extravaganza.

Renovating the Rock Garden

by: Joanne Everson, Alpine and Rock Garden team blog
03 Feb 2011

There is more to working on Kew's Rock Garden than looking after the plants; the rocks need attention too. Winter is the time when the Rock Garden team carry out important renovation work.

Sense-and-Respond vs Plan-and-Execute

by: Denise DeLuca, Business Inspired by Nature blog
01 Feb 2011

Learn how nature's emergent approach can be transferred to a business setting, leading to creativity, innovation and positive business outcomes.

Introducing First Time Out

by: Mark Nesbitt, Economic Botany blog
31 Jan 2011

Five museums, five objects from the stores, five interpretations…

Rediscovering the comb fern in the Falkland Islands

by: Pat Griggs, UK Overseas Territories team blog
27 Jan 2011

Find out how Kew botanists were able to confirm the identity of the comb fern, a tiny plant believed to be extinct in the Falkland Islands until it was spotted growing on the island of West Falkland more than 180 years after its only previous sighting there.

KS Dianthus gratianopolitanus

Carnations show the fastest known diversification rate in plants

27 Jan 2011

Scientists have discovered the most rapid speciation event currently known in plants – not in plants from the biodiverse rainforests or oceanic islands, but in the genus Dianthus in Europe.


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New year, new office, new challenges!

by: Helen Hartley, Library, Art and Archives blog
24 Jan 2011

Can you work it out? Kew's Directors' Correspondence Digitisation Team set a challenge to decipher some 19th century handwriting as they start the new year in their brand new offices.

Sarcococca confusa

Enjoy the beautiful scent of the sweet box

21 Jan 2011

Follow your nose to Kew's Woodland Garden, where the sweet-smelling sweet box is covered in flowers.


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