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Misfortune in paradise

by: Caroline Wakeham, Library, Art and Archives blog
30 Mar 2010

Read about one 19th Century botanist's run of bad luck while collecting plants in Latin America. Every botanist has a different story to tell, although not always a happy one.

Professor Monique Simmonds

Protecting plant life from illegal trade

30 Mar 2010

In the week of the fifteenth meeting of the conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITIES) in Doha, Kew's Bronwen Davies investigates the application of DNA technology in plant science and conservation. Bronwen talks to Kew's Professor Monique Simmonds about the practical applications of DNA barcoding in the protection of plant species at risk from illegal trade.


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Jade vine

Kew today - Jade vine

30 Mar 2010

The cascading translucent sea-green flowers of the jade vine are in full bloom in the Palm House this week, a glorious sight beneath the canopy of green foliage


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Our mysterious treasure from Japan is restored

by: Mark Nesbitt, Economic Botany blog
29 Mar 2010

Kew's Economic Botany Collection recently restored 26 decorative wood panels made in Japan in 1874. Find out more about the condition that we found them in and the process of conservation that followed.

Our plants from South Africa have arrived in the UK

by: Steve Ruddy, Kew at the British Museum blog
25 Mar 2010

Our plants from the Habitat Tree Nursery, near Somerset West in South Africa have arrived in the UK.

Fritillaria meleagris at Kew Gardens with part of its DNA barcode

Unlocking the potential of plant and fungal DNA

24 Mar 2010

Following the announcement of the universal plant DNA barcode late in 2009, scientists at Kew are testing the barcode to see if it can be used to identify plants reliably. If successful, this DNA technology will have wide-ranging applications in discovering, identifying and conserving both plants and fungi.


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Our plants from South Africa are still at sea but getting much closer

by: Steve Ruddy, Kew at the British Museum blog
23 Mar 2010

The ship carrying the plants for Kew's South Africa Landscape at the British Museum is getting closer to the UK. All hands are on deck in preparation for their safe arrival. But will the weather be kind?

Daphne bholua 'Jacqueline Postill'

Kew today - daphnes in flower

19 Mar 2010

The Spring season has been brightened by another gloriously scented winter flowering shrub, Daphne bholua, which is still covered in flowers this week.


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Growing our Collections - Archive accessions at Kew

by: Kiri Ross Jones, Library, Art and Archives blog
15 Mar 2010

Find out how Kew's archival collections are growing, what we do with the documents we receive each year and how you can get involved.

Edgeworthia chrysantha

Kew today - oriental paperbush

11 Mar 2010

After a long period in bud during the cold winter, clusters of highly fragrant flowers are beginning to open


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