There's plenty for everyone in the spring issue of Kew magazine - including a round up of published plant science stories from around the world.
As always the magazine is packed with features (you can see two right here), but did you know at the beginning of each issue we have a quick round up of some of the most interesting published plant science stories from around the world?
This issue's round up looks at:
- a parasitic plant (Cytinus visseri) being pollinated by a wiggly-nosed elephant shrew, which is driven wild by its distinctive odour
- research into the reasons why plants accumulate heavy metals in their tissues
- how some cacti manage to shrink back into the soil to retreat from the heat;
- how the discovery of fossilised spores in the ancient mud of an estuary in north-west Argentina has increased the age of the earliest known land plants by some ten million years!
All of these stories are absolutely fascinating and show how cutting-edge plant science continues to be.
Identification of Dalbergia nigra was done by anatomical features only - until now
From Kew we follow the story of scientists in the Jodrell Laboratory whose work on Brazilian rosewood (Dalbergia nigra) has discovered a way of identifying this protected species using a distinctive phenolic compound. This means that illegal imports of this rosewood can be detected much more easily now - helping Customs officers to crack down on its trade with greater efficiency. Just another way in which Kew is helping protect plants around the world!
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- Christina -
Christina accepts a Kew Publishing award at the Garden Media Guild awards in 2012.
Christina joined Kew in 1999 after finishing a BSc. degree in Plant Ecology and an Advanced National Certificate in Horticulture. After initially working as a horticulturist in Kew’s Arboretum and the Hardy Display section (on the Grass Garden) she went on to become Festivals Interpretation Officer between 2002-2008, helping Kew’s onsite visitors understand what makes Kew tick. In the meantime she completed an MA in Garden History, a subject that continues to be one of her passions.
Christina was short-listed for a Garden Writers Guild award in 2007 for one of her articles in Kew magazine, and is the author of Kew’s Big Trees, published in 2008. She became editor of Kew magazine in September 2008. “I see Kew magazine as a window on the world of Kew,” she says. “I hope between its pages the many facets of Kew’s work and the people who make it happen are revealed for all to see and encourage readers to continue to support Kew.”
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