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Autumn flowering cyclamen

by: Richard Wilford, Alpine and Rock Garden team blog
04 Oct 2010

A range of colourful cyclamen are flowering now. Take a closer look at these autumnal beauties.

A sensory walk through the South Africa Landscape

by: Jane Samuels, Kew at the British Museum blog
04 Oct 2010

Find out how Jane Samuels, the Access and Equality Manager at the British Museum, helped to make Kew's South Africa Landscape accessible to all sectors of society – with a particular emphasis on diverse and disabled audiences.

What do the International Garden Photographer of the Year judges look for?

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

We are now entering the final phase of the International Garden Photographer of the Year (IGPOTY) competition 2010 and many people will be getting their entries ready for the November 30th deadline. So what are the judges looking for?

Phil Stevenson conducting pesticidal plants trials in Africa

Funding to promote use of plants in Africa for pest control

01 Oct 2010

Kew scientists are involved in two recently funded projects that will optimise the use of plants as natural pesticides in Africa.


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Fungarium at Kew

Merger creates largest Fungarium in the world at Kew

30 Sep 2010

Two of the most extensive collections of dried fungus specimens, those at Kew and CABI (IMI), have been combined to create a fungarium at Kew holding around 1.25 million specimens.


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Tapa cloth and the forgotten women of the Bounty mutiny

by: Mark Nesbitt, Economic Botany blog
30 Sep 2010

A visitor to Kew sheds light on tapa cloth made 170 years ago by her Polynesian forebears.


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New study shows one fifth of the world’s plants are under threat of extinction

29 Sep 2010

A global analysis of extinction risk for the world's plants, conducted by Kew together with the Natural History Museum, London and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), has revealed that the world’s plants are as threatened as mammals, with one in five of the world’s plant species threatened with extinction.


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Insect Beauties category winners announced

by: Philip Smith, International Garden Photographer blog
23 Sep 2010

Ants, bees, bugs and flies all buzzed and crawled into the International Garden Photographer of the Year office as our ‘4Seasons: Insect Beauties’ category inspired photographers from around the world to submit a variety of incredible photographs of our mighty micro friends.

Detail of a spider orchid (Ophrys sphegodes).

Ecologists find new clues on climate change in 150 year-old pressed plants.

22 Sep 2010

Plants picked up to 150 years ago by Victorian collectors and held by the million in herbarium collections across the world could become a powerful – and much needed – new source of data for studying climate change, according to research published this week in the British Ecological Society's Journal of Ecology.


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Marianne North's Painting Materials: The plants in paint

by: Emma Le Cornu, Library, Art and Archives blog
21 Sep 2010

Read about the work of the Marianne North conservators and their research into the materials that she used. Find out how you can come and see a demonstration by the team.

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