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Settling into the Archives: catch up with our budding archivist

by: Sarah Cox, Library, Art and Archives blog
17 Dec 2010

Kew's Archives Graduate Trainee, Sarah, blogs about her fascinating work and the new skills she is gaining three months in.

UKOTs Programme 2010 Internships

by: Martin Hamilton, UK Overseas Territories team blog
15 Dec 2010

Martin Hamilton from Kew's UK Overseas Territories team reports on the latest news about the UKOTs Programme 2010 Internships.

Eco-fibres old and new

by: Mark Nesbitt, Economic Botany blog
13 Dec 2010

Sustainable fibres are ever more popular with consumers and designers. The Textile Society's recent conference compared historic and contemporary approaches to the subject.

Meet the mint family

by: Gemma Bramley, Herbarium blog
10 Dec 2010

Learn about some of the scientific research Kew botanists are focusing on in the Lamiaceae family, and visit Kew Gardens this month to hear more about it from our volunteer guides.

Kew's Millennium Seed Bank

Kew's Millennium Seed Bank joins campaign to protect global food supplies

10 Dec 2010

A new partnership involving Kew and led by The Global Crop Diversity Trust announced a major global search to find, gather, catalogue, use, and save the wild relatives of essential food crops, to help protect global food supplies against the imminent threat of climate change, and strengthen future food security.


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Dalbergia andapensis herbarium specimen

35,000 new plant species ‘sitting in cupboards’

07 Dec 2010

A new study led by Oxford University and involving Kew has revealed that of the estimated 70,000 species of flowering plants yet to be described by scientists, more than half may already have been collected but are lying unknown and unrecognised in collections around the world.


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Daisies find a new home in Kew's Herbarium

by: William Milliken, Herbarium blog
07 Dec 2010

Kew's vast collection of herbarium specimens of the Compositae (daisy) family is now rehoused in pest-free low-temperature storage in the new wing of the Herbarium. 

Palm House in the autumn

Applications open for new Trustees

07 Dec 2010

Applications are now open for two positions on the Kew Board of Trustees.


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Kew Publishing reaches finals for environmental journalism

by: Christina Harrison, Kew magazine blog
06 Dec 2010

This year Kew magazine had two articles in the finals of the Garden Media Guild awards. Two books from Kew Publishing were also shortlisted. Find out more about the event and the awards that we were up for.

The unique plants of the Turks and Caicos Islands

by: Sara Barrios, UK Overseas Territories team blog
26 Nov 2010

Find out more about plants that can only be found in the beautiful Caribbean UK Overseas Territory (UKOT) of the Turks and Caicos Islands.

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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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