Specialist science news
Keep up to date with specialist science news from Kew. Find out more about the latest research and projects that scientists and conservationists at Kew are involved in.
07 Mar 2011
Palmweb is a growing online encyclopaedia on palms which now contains descriptions of all genera and about half of all palm species.7 likes
03 Mar 2011
Experiments are in progress at Bloomers Valley at Wakehurst to determine the best methods for restoring semi-natural grassland of lowland meadows.5 likes
01 Mar 2011
A new review of the characteristics of plants in Mediterranean climate regions has found little evidence that fire has played an important part in the diversification of the flora, contrary to previously held views.0 likes
01 Mar 2011
Scientists at Kew have discovered that a chemical present in Brazilian rosewood (Dalbergia nigra) can be used to identify imports of timber from this species that contravene international regulations, so aiding conservation.9 likes
22 Feb 2011
Scientists are trying to understand the high diversity of plant species in the South African Cape by studying one of the region’s iconic genera – Protea.2 likes
14 Feb 2011
The fifth and sixth books in the Cameroon Conservation Checklist series have been published, covering the regions of Dom and the Lebialem Highlands of Cameroon.2 likes
11 Feb 2011
Scientists from Kew and the University of Ghana have tested the DNA barcode in a study of African river-weeds (Podostemaceae).4 likes
27 Jan 2011
Scientists have discovered the most rapid speciation event currently known in plants – not in plants from the biodiverse rainforests or oceanic islands, but in the genus Dianthus in Europe.2 likes
20 Jan 2011
During Kew’s 250th anniversary year, researchers at Kew studied the chemistry of two of Kew’s ‘Old Lions’ and discovered nine natural substances new to science.18 likes
13 Jan 2011
Fieldwork in the coastal forests of northern Mozambique has so far led to the discovery of 20 new species and 50 species not previously recorded in the country.5 likes
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22 May 2013
Kew has contributed to a groundbreaking report on the state of wildlife in the UK in time for International Day of Biological Diversity. It reveals that 60% of species studied have declined over recent decades.
08 Nov 2012
A new study from Kew suggests that Arabica coffee could be extinct in the wild within 70 years.
18 May 2010
Kew’s top propagation ‘code-breaker’, horticulturist Carlos Magdalena, has cracked the enigma of growing a rare species of African waterlily. The 'thermal’ lily (Nymphaea thermarum) is believed to be the smallest waterlily in the world, with pads that can be as little as 1 cm in diameter.