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New species discovered by Kew scientist is named to honour Colombian President

Wed, 2017-01-11 12:25

The plant, from the genus Espeletia in the sunflower family, was discovered by Dr Mauricio Diazgranados, Colombian-born Research Leader on Diversity and Livelihoods in the Natural Capital and Plant Health department at Kew.

Oak tree with a poignant history lives on

The Verdun Bench in Kew Gardens
Tue, 2016-12-20 11:26


An acorn from the Battle of Verdun

A specimen of Quercus petraea (sessile oak) was planted at Kew in 1919 from an acorn collected after the Battle of Verdun in France, one of the longest fought battles of the First World War. Lasting from February to December 1916 and resulting in over 700,000 French and German casualties, the battle also devastated thousands of hectares of surrounding Verdun oak and chestnut forests.

Kew supports Mexico in race against time to protect incredible biodiversity

Image showing Kew & FMCN signing agreement to help save endemic and endangered Mexican flora
Fri, 2016-12-02 12:25

Kew is celebrating 15 years of collaboration with organisations in Mexico, including the country's largest wild plant seed bank at the Autonomous National University of Mexico’s Faculty of Higher Studies of Iztacala (FESI-UNAM), and the National Commission for Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (CONABIO). To date, the collaboration has resulted in 7% of Mexico’s flora being safeguarded in the Seed Bank at FESI-UNAM, each with a duplicate collection also held at Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank in the UK.

Kew observes Remembrance Day 2016

The wreath being prepared by Kew horticulturalists
Thu, 2016-11-10 16:46

As is the custom, Kew Gardens is providing a wreath to be laid on behalf of the Foreign Office at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday. A second wreath is also laid at Kew's own memorial, commemorating members of the Kew Guild and staff who fell in the First and Second World Wars.

Kew–Colombia partnership set to help identify, protect and promote plant biodiversity

Image showing Dr Alex Papadopulos explains DNA sequencing to President Santos of Columbia and HRH Prince Charles
Wed, 2016-11-02 11:12

The partnership is part of the Colombian Government’s ambitious biodiversity programme, Colombia Bio, which will engage Kew’s scientists and advanced scientific technologies in efforts to identify, protect, and sustainably manage and utilise the incredible plant biodiversity in Colombia. The official signing took place at an event hosted by the UK Government at the Natural History Museum this week, attended by the President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos and HRH Prince Charles.

Welcoming the agreement, Kew’s Director of Science, Prof. Kathy Willis, said:

Toyota supports Kew's vital research into threatened plant species

Tue, 2016-10-11 12:53

Kew’s Plant Assessment Unit

Toyota is supporting vital research into the world’s most threatened plant species, at a dedicated new research unit at the Royal Botanic Gardens (RBG), Kew, UK.