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Canthium vanwykii in the wild

Plant story - Canthium vanwykii collected by the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership

01 Jan 2010

This species is endemic to small area of South Africa.


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Gordon Brown at Kew's Millennium Seed Bank

Plant story - Oxytenanthera abyssinica was the billionth seed collected by Kew's Millennium Seed Bank

01 Jan 2010

The billionth seed was presented to Gordon Brown, on 26 April 2007, when he was Chancellor of the Exchequer.


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Widdringtonia schwarzii

Plant story - conserving willowmore cedar

01 Jan 2010

Find out how the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership saved willowmore cedar (Widdringtonia schwarzii), an ancient giant plant which occurs in the Baviaanskloof and Kouga Mountains in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa.


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msb mimetes hirtus bagging

Plant story - Mimetes hirtus, vulnerable species bagged by Kew's Millennium Seed Bank Partnership in South Africa

01 Jan 2010

Also known as the Marsh pagoda or Vleistompie, this species is difficult to collect.


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Euphrasia scabra

Plant story - safeguarding yellow eyebright, a highly threatened plant species

01 Jan 2010

Yellow Eyebright is a highly threatened annual herb from southern Australia. Find out how Kew's Millennium Seed Bank is helping to protect this plant for our future.


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Hoodia currorii in the wild

Plant story - saving Hoodia currorii, an important "slimming" plant

01 Jan 2010

Hoodia currorii contains compounds used in slimming pills and is now under threat due to over-collecting.


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Damasonium alisma planting

Plant story - the endangered starfruit is restored back to native habitat in the UK

01 Jan 2010

Wakehurst horticultural staff working with Plantlife, Natural England and local authorities have reintroduced starfruit (Damasonium alisma) to pond margins on Greenham Common.


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New species discoveries

A bumper year for Kew in new species discovery

22 Dec 2009

Canopy giants and miniature fungi are among over 250 new species discovered in Kew’s 250th anniversary year


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Coffee beans

Seven species of wild coffee amongst Kew's haul of new discoveries

22 Dec 2009

Newly discovered coffee species could help safeguard the long-term survival of this important industry


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Makira reserve, Madagascar

Twenty new Madagascar palm species discovered by Kew botanists

22 Dec 2009

Kew's work in new species discovery is helping to safeguard the future of some of the country's most endangered plant life.


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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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