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Tony visits the Gibraltar Botanic Gardens and mountains of southern Spain

by: Tony Hall, Arboretum team blog
09 Mar 2011

Follow Tony Hall, Manager of the Arboretum at Kew, on his visit to the Gibraltar Botanic Gardens. See the new rock garden they are creating and look at the wonderful array of wild Narcissus, orchids and spring flowering shrubs in the mountains of southern Spain.

Hygrocybe conica

Waxcap conservation

09 Mar 2011

A new project at Kew will clarify species concepts in British waxcap fungi, and identify those species most in need of conservation.


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Palmweb continues to grow

07 Mar 2011

Palmweb is a growing online encyclopaedia on palms which now contains descriptions of all genera and about half of all palm species.

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Traditional chain harrowing in Bloomers Valley using working horses from the Working Horse Trust

Grassland restoration at Wakehurst

03 Mar 2011

Experiments are in progress at Bloomers Valley at Wakehurst to determine the best methods for restoring semi-natural grassland of lowland meadows.


Guide to plants and vegetation of Ica

New guides to vegetation and habitat restoration in Peru, produced by Kew and its partners

01 Mar 2011

Promoting conservation, sustainable use and restoration of degraded areas in one of the driest places on earth


Wood of Dalbergia nigra

Chemistry aids conservation

01 Mar 2011

Scientists at Kew have discovered that a chemical present in Brazilian rosewood (Dalbergia nigra) can be used to identify imports of timber from this species that contravene international regulations, so aiding conservation.


Oliver Whaley interviewing community member at Huarangal

Kew's projects in Peru

01 Mar 2011

Kew is working with local partners to help restore degraded areas and conserve native vegetation.


Everest sketch by Joseph Hooker, c.1848

Earliest European view of Everest found in Kew Archives

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.


Adventure and discovery around the world with the plant hunters

by: Michele Losse, Library, Art and Archives blog
18 Feb 2011

Plant hunters frequently travelled across the world to discover new plants for science. Discover some of their adventures here with stories from Kew's Archives.

Fire in Eucalyptus woodland, Australia

Experts question aspects of prescribed burning

18 Feb 2011

Prescribed burning to reduce the hazards of bushfires may do more harm than good in some circumstances, according to a group of leading environmental scientists.


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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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