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The true value of nature

by: Christina Harrison, Kew magazine blog
20 Dec 2010

Biodiversity loss stories do make headlines, but when and how will governments and businesses realise nature's true value and factor it into their accounts?

Helixanthera schizocalyx herbarium specimen

New tropical mistletoe just in time for Christmas – one of many new discoveries from Kew this year

20 Dec 2010

As the UN’s International Year of Biodiversity draws to a close, scientists at Kew are celebrating the diversity of the planet’s plant and fungal life by highlighting some of the weird, wonderful and stunning discoveries they’ve made this year.


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Analysing seeds at Kew's Millennium Seed Bank

Announcement from Defra on the Spending Review

20 Dec 2010

Defra has today made an announcement about the Spending Review across all of its Arms Length Bodies, more details of which can be found at www.defra.gov.uk.


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A 'Difficult' Seeds workshop Burkina Faso

Kew's 'Difficult' Seeds Project

17 Dec 2010

We have just launched brand new webpages for Kew's ‘Difficult’ Seeds Project, which supports crop gene banks and farmers in the conservation of plants used for food and agriculture in Africa. The webpages contain information about the project and 160 profile pages for species that have been identified as being difficult to handle, store or use.


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Settling into the Archives: catch up with our budding archivist

by: Sarah Cox, Library, Art and Archives blog
17 Dec 2010

Kew's Archives Graduate Trainee, Sarah, blogs about her fascinating work and the new skills she is gaining three months in.

A story of wistful memories and RAW passion

by: Philip Smith, International Garden Photographer blog
17 Dec 2010

In the first of three parts, International Garden Photographer of the Year organiser Philip Smith mourns the passing of film but looks at how shooting RAW files on your digital SLR helps develop creativity and technique.

Welcome to Kew's Herbarium Blog

by: Emma Tredwell, Herbarium blog
16 Dec 2010

Find out about the work of scientists in Kew’s Herbarium, including their expeditions to study plant and fungal life around the world.

UKOTs Programme 2010 Internships

by: Martin Hamilton, UK Overseas Territories team blog
15 Dec 2010

Martin Hamilton from Kew's UK Overseas Territories team reports on the latest news about the UKOTs Programme 2010 Internships.

Eco-fibres old and new

by: Mark Nesbitt, Economic Botany blog
13 Dec 2010

Sustainable fibres are ever more popular with consumers and designers. The Textile Society's recent conference compared historic and contemporary approaches to the subject.

Viburnum x bodnantense 'Dawn'

Winter cheer – Viburnum x bodnantense 'Dawn'

10 Dec 2010

This sweetly-scented hybrid is in flower now – look out for it in the Winter Garden.


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Pelargonium cordifolium
heart-leaved pelargonium

As the name suggests, the heart-leaved pelargonium has velvety, heart-shaped leaves scented of apple.

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