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Caffeine enhances bee memory

10 May 2013

Caffeine in the nectar of coffee and citrus flowers manipulates the memory of pollinating bees.


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Pasqueflower restoration

03 May 2013

Understanding the regeneration and pollination requirements for Anemone pulsatilla in the UK.


Oncidium fuscatum

Orchid community agree name changes in Oncidium

03 Apr 2013

A substantial rearrangement of generic boundaries in the widely cultivated Oncidium group of orchids has been agreed by the orchid community.


Bismarkia nobilis

Framework for palm biogeography

26 Mar 2013

Researchers establish a hypothesis for the evolution of palms in time and space.


Solanum insanum

Eggplant names cracked

26 Mar 2013

Researchers untangle the names of spiny wild aubergines.


Monitoring alpine plants

Germination of alpines

22 Mar 2013

Climate change could shift the timing of seed germination in alpine plants


Pennisetum advena

Updating classifications to reflect monophyly

07 Mar 2013

The move from a “traditional” to a “phylogenetic” classification of grasses (Poaceae) has resulted in 10% of species having their scientific name changed.


Pseudowintera colorata

Herbal medicine through an evolutionary lens

05 Mar 2013

A phylogenetic study has shown that related plants are used traditionally in three disparate regions to treat similar medical conditions.


Ants, constipation, murder and the seeds of Ricinus communis

by: Wolfgang Stuppy, Millennium Seed Bank blog
04 Mar 2013

Revolving around a humble seed, this month's blog covers nearly everything from seed morphology and digestive problems to the beautiful smell of racing car engines and James Bond-style murder. Discover the useful, funny and lethal sides of one of the most notorious seeds on Earth!

Photo of Vendicari wetland in Sicily

Seed collecting in Mediterranean islands

21 Feb 2013

A new initiative aims to ensure the survival of 900 plant species in six Mediterranean islands.


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What's in a collection? The Herbarium at Kew

by: William Milliken, Kew Science blog
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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.

Evelyn Cheesman’s blue orchid

by: André Schuiteman, Kew Science blog
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André Schuiteman, senior researcher in orchids at Kew, relates the discovery by the intrepid Evelyn Cheesman of one of the very few blue-flowered epiphytic orchids, Dendrobium azureum, which he recently described as a new species.

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