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Preparing for an expedition to Ethiopia

by: Tim Harris, Herbarium blog
29 Oct 2010

Find out about Tim's preparations for an imminent trip to Ethiopia. The team will work with Kew's partners and research the country's rarest plants.

Dried specimen of Caliphruria tenera

Nature’s backbone at risk

26 Oct 2010

The most comprehensive assessment of the world’s vertebrates confirms an extinction crisis with one-fifth of species threatened. A recent study by Kew and partners has further revealed that that one fifth of plant species are also at risk - including Caliphruria tenera. However, the situation would be worse were it not for current global conservation efforts, according to a study launched today at the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, in Nagoya, Japan.


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Inspiring events at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art 

by: The Gallery Team, Library, Art and Archives blog
26 Oct 2010

Alongside the three exhibitions we have each year at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art, we also hold a variety of inspiring events to support the message behind our exhibitions and highlight other work being carried out by Kew.

Excavation site at Wakehurst

Unearthing Sussex past

25 Oct 2010

The remains of an historic estate have been revealed in Kew's country garden at Wakehurst.


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Countdown to the photography competition deadline – your questions answered

by: Philip Smith, International Garden Photographer blog
25 Oct 2010

We have been answering competitors’ questions over the last few weeks as everyone prepares their entries for International Garden Photographer of the Year Competition 2010/11. The deadline for competition entries is 30 November 2010. Here we share those answers!

Kew Fund leaflets

Kew needs your support

22 Oct 2010

Kew Fund offers a new way for individuals to support Kew's work on an ongoing basis. You can choose to support different areas of our work or where the need is the greatest.


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The “Montserrat pribby” (part one)

by: Nick Johnson, Tropical Nursery blog
22 Oct 2010

As a new study shows that world plants are as threatened as mammals, Nick Johnson talks about a plant close to his heart that he is caring for in the Tropical Nursery. Here he describes his expedition, recalling where he saw it in the wild.

The 'tanghin ordeal'

by: Charlotte Rowley, Library, Art and Archives blog
20 Oct 2010

Read about the toxic plant used in poison ordeals in Madagascar as described by the botanist Charles Telfair in 1829.

Detail of the Montserrat orchid

Kew and the Comprehensive Spending Review

19 Oct 2010

Whilst awaiting details of the scale and phasing of any cuts to its Government grant, Kew will continue to focus on delivering its mission and meeting the demand for its vital services.


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Hurrango Forest in Peru

How is Kew helping to conserve biodiversity?

18 Oct 2010

As international politicians and government representatives discuss the conservation and management of the world’s biodiversity at the Convention on Biological Diversity in Nagoya, Japan this week, Kew reflects on its work with partners around the world to support biodiversity.


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