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.
Kew research is unearthing answers to Darwin's 'abominable mystery' of the origin of flowering plants
07 Sep 2009
Kew's research is revealing answers to how and why flowering plants evolve and spread so rapidly.7 likes
05 Sep 2009
Kew scientists have performed a horticultural breakthrough by not only cultivating the small tree to flower regularly but for it to successfully pollinate and bear fruit.6 likes
11 Aug 2009
The great rainforests of Africa are some of the most species-rich natural habitats in the world and we found many new and exciting plants on our recent expedition there.5 likes
07 Aug 2009
By recording the variety of plant life across Africa we identify threatened species and regions and help save plant life and habitats under threat.2 likes
We rely on plants to feed, house and clothe us, but have long been using the Earth’s resources at an unsustainable rate. Kew’s mission is to inspire and deliver science-based plant conservation worldwide. To meet this aim, we work with a network of partners and collaborators around the world.
Traditionally, Kew’s botanists have classified plants by analysing their characteristics. Today, Kew scientists are supplementing the old methods with DNA analysis.
15 Jul 2009
Tahina spectabilis joins a 380 million year old fossilised fish and the world's longest insect in the Top 10 List of New species described in 2008, announced by the International Institute for Species Exploration at Arizona State University.8 likes
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