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The unique plants of the Turks and Caicos Islands

by: Sara Barrios, UK Overseas Territories team blog
26 Nov 2010

Find out more about plants that can only be found in the beautiful Caribbean UK Overseas Territory (UKOT) of the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Rust, smuggling and the Number 11 mango!

by: Liz Taylor, Library, Art and Archives blog
25 Nov 2010

Take a glimpse at the Museum of Economic Botany at the turn of the 20th Century, as discovered by our Archives volunteer in a recent addition to our collections.

Monitoring mycorrhizal fungi

Fungi, trees and global change

25 Nov 2010

Scientists at Kew and Imperial College London are working with one of the world’s largest biomonitoring networks to find out what factors determine the structure of mycorrhizal fungal communities, and how they might respond to environmental change.


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Badger at Kew

Kew’s badgers feast on yew berries

25 Nov 2010

Autumn is the time when the badgers at Kew Gardens take advantage of the crop of yew berries surrounding their setts as a source of food. But how do they enjoy this succulent feast without being poisoned?


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Are you an alpine lover?

by: Christina Harrison, Kew magazine blog
18 Nov 2010

It's winter issue time and this season our horticultural sights are set on some tiny mountain gems.

Flowering now: The giant Madeiran squill

by: Richard Wilford, Alpine and Rock Garden team blog
17 Nov 2010

The giant Madeiran squill (Scilla madeirensis) is flowering in the Davies Alpine House now. Read on to see how we grow this impressive plant.

This year's competition closes on 30 November 2010 - get involved!

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

It's your last chance to enter this year's International Garden Photographer of the Year competition. Find out more about the judging and the professional feedback on offer.

Maritime mysteries and mummified heads - Mauritius corresponds with the Director

by: Helen Hartley, Library, Art and Archives blog
15 Nov 2010

Discover how an effort to improve my French led to an entertaining scientific journey to 19th Century Mauritius.

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eMonocot project commences

15 Nov 2010

Scientists at Kew are applying the new science of biodiversity informatics to provide web-based biodiversity information on monocot plants in a new project – eMonocot.


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The "Montserrat pribby" (part two)

by: Nick Johnson, Tropical Nursery blog
12 Nov 2010

Nick Johnson explains how a new botanic garden on Montserrat used Rondeletia buxifolia as an alternative hedging plant in the garden to inspire others to follow suit, encouraging the use of island endemics instead of invasives.

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