Conservation and climate change news

Plants have an essential role to play in mitigating the effects of climate change, because they take carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. Conversely, if forests are destroyed by burning, then carbon dioxide is added to the atmosphere. Deforestation accounts for about one fifth of the world’s carbon emissions.

However, plants are threatened by environmental changes including climate change. Conserving plants is therefore critical to any sustainable solution to environmental change.

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The 'Christmassy' killer raspberry

by: Wolfgang Stuppy, Millennium Seed Bank blog
11 Dec 2012

The Millennium Seed Bank's seed morphologist, Wolfgang Stuppy, is back with his final blog of the year. To wish you all a very 'Merry Christmas', he is sharing some festive images of a flesh-eating killer raspberry! Do you dare read on ...

The taste of the Amazon

by: Wolfgang Stuppy, Millennium Seed Bank blog
09 Nov 2012

This month Kew's Seed Morphologist, Wolfgang Stuppy, brings us a post about his recent adventures in the Amazon. Now safely back in the Millennium Seed Bank, he can share with us news of Cupuaçu; the taste of the Amazon!

Photo: Transporting seedlings in buckets for community planting in Malawi

Kew is taking part in the 'Big Give Christmas Challenge'

09 Nov 2012

This year, Kew is taking part in the 'Big Give Christmas Challenge', a campaign to encourage philanthropic giving by matching a donors’ gift. Effectively your donation to the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership could be doubled! We need to raise £50,000 for next year’s seed collecting trips, as well as expanding our work on using existing collections. Please note: This campaign ran from 6 to 19 December 2012 and has now finished.


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Deforestation in South Sudan

Is our daily cup of coffee under threat?

08 Nov 2012

A new study from Kew suggests that Arabica coffee could be extinct in the wild within 70 years.


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Palm house and waterlily house

Chalara dieback of ash - RBG Kew's response

05 Nov 2012

Chalara dieback of ash, a fungal disease which threatens the species, is currently receiving much press attention in the UK. Tony Kirkham, Head of Kew's Arboretum, provides a synopsis of the disease and how Kew is responding.


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Dypsis tokoravina in Madagascar

Madagascar’s palms near extinction

17 Oct 2012

Eighty three percent of Madagascar’s palms are threatened with extinction, putting the livelihoods of local people at risk – according to the latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species released today by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). These findings draw on research undertaken by experts at Kew.


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Photo: 'thermal’ lily (Nymphaea thermarum)

UN Meeting on Biodiversity says action in support of biodiversity is urgently needed

10 Oct 2012

As the UN Meeting on Biodiversity opens in Hyderabad, India, Kew joins representatives from over 170 countries to discuss a plan of action for protecting the planet’s biodiversity.


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Saving seeds - in four million years we'll laugh about it!

by: Wolfgang Stuppy, Millennium Seed Bank blog
20 Sep 2012

Here comes a slightly different 'Seed of the Month' blog by the Millennium Seed Bank's Seed Morphologist, Wolfgang Stuppy, in which he explains why saving seeds is more than just a good idea!

Photo: The dry thornbush of North East Kenya

60 year project documenting plants of East Africa celebrated at Kew Gardens

13 Sep 2012

A significant milestone in East African conservation and botany will be celebrated at Kew today, to mark the completion of The Flora of Tropical East Africa (FTEA). This vast 60 year project involved documenting and furthering knowledge of the region’s 12,104 wild plant species, including many plants new to science.


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Harapan memories and take-away thoughts

by: Jenny Williams & Marie Briggs, GIS team blog
20 Aug 2012

Kew staff reminisce on time well spent in the Harapan Rainforest, Sumatra, with a summary of their GIS field mapping, personal accounts and photographs.

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