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Measuring forest trees in the southern Amazon

Kew's projects in Brazil

20 Sep 2009

Kew's work in Brazil is helping to understand and protect the diversity of plant life in the region and assist communities to use native plants sustainably.


People climbing hill carrying luggage on Mozambique expedition

Kew's projects in South Central Africa

20 Sep 2009

Our projects in this region are helping to identify plant species at risk, and saving threatened and useful wild plants in Malawi.


Paul Little's trip to Vietnam

Kew bids Vietnam good morning and works together with local botanists

18 Sep 2009

Helping to assess and conserve the country’s rich and amazing plant life, in partnership with local botanists, was the key aim of Kew’s latest expedition to Vietnam. Gail Vines reports on how the intrepid team fared.


View of the pagoda in the early 20th century

Botanic gardens play a vital role in the development of trade, agriculture and medicine worldwide

18 Sep 2009

Few botanic gardens existed when Kew was founded in 1759, but now there are more than 2,500. Sara Oldfield highlights their vital work around the world.


Lady's slipper orchid

Kew Diploma student Matti Niissalo searches for lady's slipper orchids in Finland

18 Sep 2009

Hordes of hungry mosquitoes and vast boggy fens didn't deter Kew Diploma student Matti Niissalo in his search for orchids in Finland.

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Encephalartos altensteinii in Kew's Palm House

Kew's nine star plants are registered to the National Plant Collection scheme

18 Sep 2009

Among its many collections of plants, Kew holds nine particularly special ones registered as National Plant Collections. Richard Wilford finds out what this means and why they’re so important.


MSB Mali expedition

Kew's projects in West Africa

18 Sep 2009

Kew is helping to save plants and habitats in West Africa and empower local communities.

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branch and berry of a yew

The bark from yew trees has been helping the fight against cancer since the 1960s

17 Sep 2009

The Pacific yew (Taxus brevifolia) is one of 500 yews at Kew and has important medicinal uses. Extracts from the bark of the Pacific and common yew are used in treatment for ovarian and breast cancer.

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Jurupai brazilian wood trumpet

A jurupari ceremonial wooden trumpet donated by Richard Spruce is being exhibited at Kew

16 Sep 2009

Kew's Jurupari ceremonial Brazilian trumpet is just one of the treasures held in Kew’s Economic Botany Collection. It was donated to Kew's collection by 19th-century plant collector Richard Spruce.

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DNA Helix sculpture outside the Jodrell building

Kew's DNA barcoding is leading the way for unlocking the future use of plant material

16 Sep 2009

The impact of being able to assess plant material by identifying its DNA is helping Kew identify the future use of plant material in commercial products, forensic science and authenticating Chinese medicines.


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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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