New discoveries to science from Kew
Over 250 years, Kew has made many discoveries about the fascinating worlds of plants and fungi. Each year, many new species of plant and fungi are discovered by our world class scientists.
We discover new things about the plants and fungi every day. This includes how different species relate to one another and new ways to use plants to make life easier and better.
07 Nov 2011
The first complete genus-level dated phylogeny of palms reveals insights into the evolution of rainforests.3 likes
02 Nov 2011
Plants used to control pests in Southern and Eastern Africa are being studied to enhance their value to resource-poor farmers in the region.3 likes
26 Oct 2011
Botanists studying Solanum have used herbarium specimens to document vegetation change in Kenya, and have also described three new species.4 likes
20 May 2011
Harry Veitch brought the RHS flower show to Chelsea. His brother brought Japanese flora to Europe. Find out more about the Veitch's from Kew's Directors' Correspondence collection.
05 Apr 2011
In Bolivia Kew has been working with local partners to identify conservation priorities, to support the development of protected areas and to catalogue the extraordinary diversity of the country's Compositae (daisy) family.2 likes
25 Mar 2011
A study using scanning electron microscopy has revealed that the keeled petals of Leguminosae and Polygalaceae are fundamentally different.3 likes
17 Mar 2011
Kew conservationists are thrilled to have identified a rare shrub at several previously unknown sites on Virgin Gorda in the Caribbean.
24 Feb 2011
A sketch by former Kew Director Joseph Hooker, found in Kew's archives, is thought to be one of the first recorded views of Mount Everest by a European.15 likes
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