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Propagating unique Falkland Islands plants

by: Kit Strange, UK Overseas Territories team blog
17 Feb 2011

Kit Strange from Kew’s Hardy Display Section has recently returned from the Falkland Islands, where she worked with partners from Falklands Conservation on the continuing development of a collection of native plants.

KS Collecting in Cameroon

Cameroon conservation checklists

14 Feb 2011

The fifth and sixth books in the Cameroon Conservation Checklist series have been published, covering the regions of Dom and the Lebialem Highlands of Cameroon.


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Kew magazine is 20 years old!

by: Christina Harrison, Kew magazine blog
08 Feb 2011

Since 1991 Kew magazine has been bringing you news of Kew's work and the wonders of the plant world.

Rare plants from Montserrat on display at Kew Gardens

by: Pat Griggs, UK Overseas Territories team blog
04 Feb 2011

For the first time ever, visitors to Kew will be able to see two unique plants from the Caribbean island of Montserrat (normally kept safely behind the scenes) during the Volunteer Guides' hands-on sessions in this year’s Tropical Extravaganza.

Sense-and-Respond vs Plan-and-Execute

by: Denise DeLuca, Business Inspired by Nature blog
01 Feb 2011

Learn how nature's emergent approach can be transferred to a business setting, leading to creativity, innovation and positive business outcomes.

Rediscovering the comb fern in the Falkland Islands

by: Pat Griggs, UK Overseas Territories team blog
27 Jan 2011

Find out how Kew botanists were able to confirm the identity of the comb fern, a tiny plant believed to be extinct in the Falkland Islands until it was spotted growing on the island of West Falkland more than 180 years after its only previous sighting there.

New year, new office, new challenges!

by: Helen Hartley, Library, Art and Archives blog
24 Jan 2011

Can you work it out? Kew's Directors' Correspondence Digitisation Team set a challenge to decipher some 19th century handwriting as they start the new year in their brand new offices.

Botanical challenge: Identifying specimens in Kew's Herbarium

by: Gemma Bramley, Herbarium blog
18 Jan 2011

Find out how Kew botanists, specialising in the flora of southeast Asia, get together every Friday afternoon for the 'family sort' of specimens newly arrived to the Herbarium.

Designer Marcus Barnett's Times Eureka Garden Design

Kew teams up with The Times for Chelsea 2011

15 Jan 2011

Kew is delighted to announce that it is working in partnership with The Times to create a garden showcasing the significance of plants to science and society, through an eye-catching and innovative design by Chelsea gold medallist Marcus Barnett.


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The naming of a mistletoe

by: Tim Harris, Herbarium blog
13 Jan 2011

Find out how collaboration between mistletoe experts and the Drylands Africa team in the Herbarium resulted in a new species of mistletoe being documented.

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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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