Science and conservation news
Keep up to date with the latest science and conservation news and blogs from Kew. Here you will find all the latest articles about our work in the UK and around the world. Research news of interest to specialists is reported in our specialist science news page and our newsletter Kew Scientist.
26 Oct 2010
The most comprehensive assessment of the world’s vertebrates confirms an extinction crisis with one-fifth of species threatened. A recent study by Kew and partners has further revealed that that one fifth of plant species are also at risk - including Caliphruria tenera. However, the situation would be worse were it not for current global conservation efforts, according to a study launched today at the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, in Nagoya, Japan.6 likes
26 Oct 2010
Alongside the three exhibitions we have each year at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art, we also hold a variety of inspiring events to support the message behind our exhibitions and highlight other work being carried out by Kew.
22 Oct 2010
As a new study shows that world plants are as threatened as mammals, Nick Johnson talks about a plant close to his heart that he is caring for in the Tropical Nursery. Here he describes his expedition, recalling where he saw it in the wild.
18 Oct 2010
As international politicians and government representatives discuss the conservation and management of the world’s biodiversity at the Convention on Biological Diversity in Nagoya, Japan this week, Kew reflects on its work with partners around the world to support biodiversity.7 likes
14 Oct 2010
Find out about the plants of the UK Overseas Territories and how Kew's UKOTs programme is helping to understand and conserve them.
05 Oct 2010
Scientists at Kew’s Jodrell Laboratory have discovered that Paris japonica, a striking rare native plant of Japan, has the largest genome of them all – bigger than the human genome and even larger than the previous record holder - the marbled lungfish. The results are published in the Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society.20 likes
01 Oct 2010
Kew scientists are involved in two recently funded projects that will optimise the use of plants as natural pesticides in Africa.11 likes
30 Sep 2010
A visitor to Kew sheds light on tapa cloth made 170 years ago by her Polynesian forebears.
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11 Dec 2013
Scientists at Kew, the Natural History Museum and Oxford University produce the most ambitious e-taxonomic portal ever built for plants, delivering baseline information for all 70,000 monocotyledons (20% of all flowering plants).
08 Nov 2012
A new study from Kew suggests that Arabica coffee could be extinct in the wild within 70 years.
14 Sep 2011
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew announced today that Director (CEO and Chief Scientist), Professor Stephen Hopper FLS will step down in autumn 2012 after six years in the job.