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Carniverous plant - petunia

Scientists think 'killer petunias' should join the rank of carnivorous plants

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”.

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Directors' Correspondence Digitisation Team

by: Helen Hartley, Library, Art and Archives blog
11 Dec 2009

Meet the Library Arts and Archives Digitisation Team and find out what they do.

View of a Madagascar rainforest

Kew's work is helping to combat climate change and plants are essential in this effort

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.


Jan Teerlink wallet

Plant story - 200 year old seeds spring to life

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.


Immature fruit and flower of Eremophila

Plant story - Eremophila sp. is one of 550 species being collected in Australia

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.


Professor César Gómez-Campo

Professor César Gómez-Campo - a founder figure in wild species seed banking

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.


Kew's GIS team working with partners in the field

Kew expedition 09 - Get live updates via twitter from the GIS team in Madagascar

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!


Students stand in a 10% formation at Kew's MSB

The next big challenge for Kew's Millennium Seed Bank partnership

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.

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Kew Magazine October post

by: Christina Harrison, Kew magazine blog
16 Oct 2009

Seeds of hope

10% banana - Musa itinerans (Yunnan banana, wild forest banana)

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.


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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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