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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.

Kew’s first Singapore Botanic Gardens Lee Foundation-sponsored MSc students start course in London

MSc students from Singapore
Mon, 2016-09-26 16:48

Three Lee Botany and Biodiversity Scholars start their year-long Masters course at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew this week. Their presence is thanks to a unique partnership between the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the Singapore Botanic Gardens (SBG) through the National Parks Board of Singapore (NParks). The partnership, which is supported by a grant from the Lee Foundation, will help fulfil the goal of both botanical institutions to cultivate and spread botanical knowledge.

Kew’s Grow Wild voted Best Environment Project in the National Lottery Awards 2016

Anita Rani at Grow Wild Scotland flagship site, Barrhead Water Works
Tue, 2016-08-23 09:21

Supported by the Big Lottery Fund, Grow Wild is the national outreach initiative of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Through us millions of people are doing something positive where they live; connecting with wild flowers, plants and places around them, taking notice of nature, getting active, learning new things and sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm.

Explore Kew’s first Science Festival

girl with magnifying glass
Tue, 2016-07-12 14:29

Celebrating ground-breaking scientific discoveries and the work of Kew scientists, this family friendly festival will showcase the importance of plant and fungal research and the need for conservation.

Visitors can get hands-on and interactive with Kew’s science in a way that will spark a lifelong interest in plants and fungi. Through onsite workshops and activities led by Kew scientists, researchers and students, the aim is to raise awareness of a wide range of important scientific issues.