New from Kew this month are two beautifully illustrated colouring books featuring artworks of flowering and exotic plants taken from the archive of Curtis's Botanical Magazine, the world's most enduring and respected periodical of its kind, published by Kew since 1787.
The advent of high throughput DNA sequencing has had a major impact on many areas of biological research, including systematics where the use of genomic data for phylogeny reconstruction has been greatly accelerated. Yet, the utility of preserved natural history collections for generating genomic datasets is not well known.
Kew scientists helped establish the Kunming Institute of Botany’s Germplasm Bank of Wild Species (GBOWS), which was opened in 2007. Situated in Kunming, Yunnan province, it is the largest seed bank for wild species in Asia with more than 62,000 seed collections stored in its vaults, representing almost 8,500 wild species of the Chinese flora.