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.
15 Dec 2009
Scientists at Kew and the Natural History Museum believe that carnivorous behaviour in plants is far more wide spread than previously thought, with many commonly grown plants – such as petunias – at least part way to being “meat eaters”.21 likes
04 Dec 2009
As world leaders sit down to discuss the future of our planet in Copenhagen this week, Kew believes that plants have never been more essential in combating climate change. Our Breathing Planet Programme plays a vital role in protecting some of the richest and most naturally diverse places on the planet, helping to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change.48 likes
01 Dec 2009
Against all expectations, seed scientists from Kew's Millennium Seed Bank at Wakehurst, germinated 200 year old seeds discovered in The National Archives. Some of these have now grown into healthy plants.6 likes
01 Dec 2009
Eremophila "A48866 Rainbow Valley" is one of a number of species being collected in Australia as part of the Northern Territory project.0 likes
19 Nov 2009
The Millennium Seed Bank conserves seeds of wild species. It might not have existed but for early pioneering work in Spain and at Kew.7 likes
16 Nov 2009
Kew's GIS (Geographical Information Systems) team are in Madagascar to record and map plant life on the island and they're sending live updates from the field via twitter. Madagascar is home to an estimated 10,000–12,000 plant species, over 90% of which are found nowhere else on earth!45 likes
26 Oct 2009
Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank partnership will continue to focus on those parts of the world which are home to some of the world’s poorest people, and where plant diversity is tightly bound to people’s livelihoods.25 likes
Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank Partnership ‘top banana’ as it celebrates banking 10% of the world’s wild plant species.
15 Oct 2009
Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank Partnership is celebrating collecting, banking and conserving 10% of the world’s wild plant species by banking its 24,200th plant species.41 likes
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Specialist science news
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.
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.
08 Nov 2012
A new study from Kew suggests that Arabica coffee could be extinct in the wild within 70 years.