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.
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
06 Jan 2011
Research into the structure and development of flowers and inflorescences has revealed that traditional descriptive methods are often inadequate. Scientists at Kew have therefore suggested revisions to floral formulae and inflorescence terminology.48 likes
29 Dec 2010
This landmark international resource is a working list of all land plant species, fundamental to understanding and documenting plant diversity and effective conservation of plants. This accomplishment is crucial to plant conservation efforts worldwide.39 likes
17 Dec 2010
We have just launched brand new webpages for Kew's ‘Difficult’ Seeds Project, which supports crop gene banks and farmers in the conservation of plants used for food and agriculture in Africa. The webpages contain information about the project and 160 profile pages for species that have been identified as being difficult to handle, store or use.0 likes
10 Dec 2010
A new partnership involving Kew and led by The Global Crop Diversity Trust announced a major global search to find, gather, catalogue, use, and save the wild relatives of essential food crops, to help protect global food supplies against the imminent threat of climate change, and strengthen future food security.5 likes
25 Nov 2010
Scientists at Kew and Imperial College London are working with one of the world’s largest biomonitoring networks to find out what factors determine the structure of mycorrhizal fungal communities, and how they might respond to environmental change.4 likes
15 Nov 2010
Scientists at Kew are applying the new science of biodiversity informatics to provide web-based biodiversity information on monocot plants in a new project – eMonocot.9 likes
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Science & Conservation news
09 Dec 2013
Sarah Cody explains how gap analysis is helping our partners collect the seed of crop wild relatives (CWR) for a project called 'Adapting Agriculture to Climate Change', run jointly by Kew's Millennium Seed Bank and the Global Crop Diversity Trust.
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.