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What's in a collection? The Herbarium at Kew

by: William Milliken, Kew Science blog
07 Mar 2014

William Milliken, Head of Kew's Tropical America team, examines the importance of Kew's collection of over seven million herbarium specimens, and how this resource is being used to tackle the global challenges of our time.

Evelyn Cheesman’s blue orchid

by: André Schuiteman, Kew Science blog
21 Feb 2014

André Schuiteman, senior researcher in orchids at Kew, relates the discovery by the intrepid Evelyn Cheesman of one of the very few blue-flowered epiphytic orchids, Dendrobium azureum, which he recently described as a new species.

Bringing orchids from Cambodia

by: Christopher Ryan, Tropical Nursery blog
14 Feb 2014

In the third of this series about his orchid hunting trip to Cambodia, Nursery and Orchid Collection Manager, Christopher Ryan, describes bringing the orchids back to Kew.

Tackling illegal wildlife trade through a scientific and partnership approach

by: Madeleine Groves, Kew Science blog
14 Feb 2014

Madeleine Groves, the CITES Implementation Officer at Kew, describes how the application of science can help combat illegal wildlife trade.

Discovering the secrets of Japanese paper conservation

by: Emma Le Cornu, Library, Art and Archives blog
13 Feb 2014

Paper conservator, Emma Le Cornu, describes a visit to Tokyo to learn the secrets of Japanese paper conservation.

Modelling the distributions of Falkland Island plants, part one - disentangling datasets

by: Rebecca Upson, UK Overseas Territories team blog
11 Feb 2014

Rebecca Upson from Kew’s UK Overseas Territories team is investigating the impacts of climate change on plant distributions in the Falkland Islands. Here she provides an insight into the vital first stage of the project.

Seed collecting workshop in Vietnam

by: Elinor Breman, Millennium Seed Bank blog
10 Feb 2014

Elinor Breman, Species Collections Support Officer at Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank (MSB), reports on a training workshop in Vietnam that brought partners from across Asia together to learn about collecting, handling and banking the seeds of their crop wild relatives.

Ancient Madagascan grass sheds light on crop evolution

by: Maria Vorontsova, Kew Science blog
07 Feb 2014

Maria Vorontsova, Kew’s grass taxonomist, describes how an ancient grass lineage from Madagascar could provide valuable insights into today’s crop species.

Orchid hunting in Cambodia

by: Christopher Ryan, Tropical Nursery blog
07 Feb 2014

Nursery and Orchid Collection Manager, Christopher Ryan, reports on a recent orchid hunting trip to Cambodia.

The living fossil

by: Tavian Hunter, Library, Art and Archives blog
06 Feb 2014

Library Graduate Trainee, Tavian Hunter, describes books, letters and paintings in the Kew collections about the remarkable species Welwitschia mirabilis, the 'living fossil'.

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The Nagoya Protocol comes a step closer to fruition

by: China Williams, Kew Science blog
14 Mar 2014

China Williams, from Kew’s Conventions and Policy Section, reports on the latest international meeting to discuss a new legally binding regime governing access to genetic resources and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits – the Nagoya Protocol.

What's in a collection? The Herbarium at Kew

by: William Milliken, Kew Science blog
07 Mar 2014

William Milliken, Head of Kew's Tropical America team, examines the importance of Kew's collection of over seven million herbarium specimens, and how this resource is being used to tackle the global challenges of our time.

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