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Ashley making Kew's wreath

Kew’s wreath for remembrance

11 Nov 2010

Ashley Hughes, resident horticulturist at Kew, will design the wreath laid out at the Cenotaph on behalf of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. This year's wreath will feature an array of colourful plants taken from Kew’s living collection and representative of the flora of the UK Overseas Territories.


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Marianne North's hidden inscriptions

by: Helen Cowdy, Library, Art and Archives blog
08 Nov 2010

Kew's Conservation Team have found all sorts of amazing discoveries beneath the skin of Marianne North's paintings. You can find out more here...

Plant hunting in the Amazon, Brazil

New plant species discovered in Mato Grosso, Brazil

05 Nov 2010

A beautiful passionflower is amongst the species found in some of the country's most threatened habitats.


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Foray into the world of fungi

by: Christina Harrison, Kew magazine blog
05 Nov 2010

This week Kew magazine editor Christina Harrison has been mainly...looking at fungi!

Beneath the skin of plants and fungi

New study reveals how ancient plants and soil fungi turned the Earth green

04 Nov 2010

A new breakthrough by scientists at the University of Sheffield, involving scientists from Kew, has shed light on how the Earth’s first plants began to colonise the land over 470 million years ago by forming a partnership with soil fungi.


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Added protection for the seas around the Chagos archipelago

by: Colin Clubbe, UK Overseas Territories team blog
04 Nov 2010

Colin Clubbe from Kew's UK Overseas Territories team reports on the latest news about the newly created Chagos Marine Reserve.

Katie visits Munich's famous alpine garden

by: Katie Price, Alpine and Rock Garden team blog
03 Nov 2010

Reach new heights with Katie Price as she joins Jenny Wainwright Klein, alpine specialist at Munich Botanic Garden, at the famous Alpengarten auf dem Schachen.

Botanists collecting plants in Congo-Brazzaville

Kew botanists undertake fieldwork in Congo-Brazzaville for the first time

03 Nov 2010

Congo-Brazzaville is the least surveyed forested country in tropical Africa for wild plant species. Botanists from Kew undertook fieldwork in the country for the first time in 2009.


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Origanum vulgare with hoverfly

Kew welcomes Nagoya biodiversity agreement

01 Nov 2010

Kew's Director, Professor Stephen Hopper talks about Kew's response to the agreement reached in Nagoya last week to protect the natural environment. A positive outcome for conserving the world's biodiversity.


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Analysing seeds in a petri dish

Defra announces Public Bodies Reform Bill

29 Oct 2010

Defra today announced its Public Bodies Reform Bill, which includes Kew. Read the latest update here.


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Victoria cruziana (Santa cruz waterlily)

Victoria cruziana
Santa Cruz waterlily

Santa Cruz waterlily was once known as ‘water corn’ in Paraguay because of its large seeds that were used to make flour.

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