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.
26 Jul 2013
This month the Millennium Seed Bank's Seed Morphologist, Wolfgang Stuppy, introduces us to the freaky blue fruits of Decaisnea insignis. The taste is sweet and refreshing but this fruit is eerily known as ‘dead man’s finger’.
22 Jul 2013
Global efforts to adapt staple foods like rice, wheat and potato to climate change have been given a major boost today as new research shows the whereabouts of their wild cousins. These wild relations could offer beneficial qualities to help major crops become more productive and resilient in the face of future climates and new threats.20 likes
12 Jul 2013
For the IncrEdibles festival Kew’s resident seed specialist Wolfgang Stuppy is contributing bite-size features about weird and wonderful edible plants from around the world. In the second of the series – the incredible ice cream bean!
02 Jul 2013
Tomatoes are among the Vegetable Medley which is currently transforming Kew's Palm House parterre into a stunning display of edible plants. You might imagine tomatoes originated on the sunny slopes of the Mediterranean - but you'd be wrong: for the birthplace of the noble tom is the remote desert oases of Peru.
28 Jun 2013
Ascension Island provided an excellent venue for conservationists from the South Atlantic UK Overseas Territories (UKOTs) to meet for the first time to examine the status of their Protected Areas and to review techniques for monitoring their plants and animals.
26 Jun 2013
Strolling round the Chelsea Flower Show in this, its centenary year, I bumped into more ex-Kew Diploma students than ever before, broadcasting, writing, designing and building, and it made me realise what a huge contribution the diploma has made not only to gardening in the UK but around the world.
21 Jun 2013
On Friday 14 June 2013 the Medicinal Plant Names Services team welcomed Marina Yannakoudakis (MEP for London) and her policy advisor, Matthew Green, to Kew Gardens to find out more about our work.
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Specialist science news
11 Dec 2013
Scientists at Kew, the Natural History Museum and Oxford University produce the most ambitious e-taxonomic portal ever built for plants, delivering baseline information for all 70,000 monocotyledons (20% of all flowering plants).
08 Nov 2012
A new study from Kew suggests that Arabica coffee could be extinct in the wild within 70 years.
14 Sep 2011
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew announced today that Director (CEO and Chief Scientist), Professor Stephen Hopper FLS will step down in autumn 2012 after six years in the job.