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Cover for Seeds for Life CD

In harmony with nature

23 Aug 2009

A  Kew magazine reader has drummed up the innovative idea of using music to promote conservation and reach young people, producing a CD in collaboration with Kew's Millennium Seed Bank.

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Close up of cape arum lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica) a white lily

Kew's garden project is growing traditional remedies in the Eastern Cape

12 Aug 2009

Plants are vital to the health of people in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, where 85% of the population rely on traditional plant-based medicine. Kew is working with collaborators in Africa and the UK to grow and use plants for the treatment of diseases that affect local people.


Green leaves of a coffee plant

Kew's coffee research in Madagascar is helping to save your daily cup

11 Aug 2009

Kew scientists have distinguished 103 different wild coffee species, but only two produce most of the world’s drinking coffee. Kew's work, which involves finding and using new species, may protect the future of your daily cup.

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Kew's plant hunters discover new plant life in the rainforests of Cameroon

11 Aug 2009

The great rainforests of Africa are some of the most species-rich natural habitats in the world and we found many new and exciting plants on our recent expedition there.


Helen Nsume showing off a teaching garden to Martin Etuge, a Cameroonian plant collector

Kew is working with local people to help save rainforests in Cameroon

11 Aug 2009

By providing scientific support of international standing, Kew is helping local communities to protect their natural heritage.

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People looking out over the Namibia desert landscape

Kew's projects in Southern Africa

10 Aug 2009

Kew has worked in Southern Africa for many years, and we have built a network of successful partnerships and projects in this region. By recording the variety of plant life in Southern Africa we identify threatened species and regions and help save plant life and habitats under threat.


Kenya landscape

Kew's projects in East Africa

10 Aug 2009

Kew works to record the diversity of plant life across the region and help conserve the species most at risk.



Tim Pearce visits his favourite place in Kenya and finds out that plant life needs help

07 Aug 2009

Tim Pearce is a regional co-ordinator at Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank partnership. Tim reflects on his most recent seed collecting trip to Kenya and talks about his concern for the unique plant life in the region.


Man growing new seedlings in botswana

Kew's projects across Africa

07 Aug 2009

By recording the variety of plant life across Africa we identify threatened species and regions and help save plant life and habitats under threat.


Isabelle Brunner sowing saltbush (Salsola nollothensis) seed

Kew's Millennium Seed Bank discovers why new saltbush seedlings along the Namibian coastline are struggling to survive

06 Aug 2009

Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank rescues vulnerable vegetation along the Namibian coast to save the region’s plants and rare wildlife for future generations.


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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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