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Books of the month - Kew Colouring books

Gallery of some of the plates included in the book
Thu, 2015-05-28 11:46

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.

Genome mining from fungarium specimens

Photo showing diversity of mushrooms from a cloud forest in Ecuador (Image: B. Dentinger)
Thu, 2015-05-21 11:58

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.

Fascination of Plants Day

Tue, 2015-05-12 14:48

Amazing Amazon - Exploring the Seeds of the Rainforest

As part of the third global ‘Fascination of Plants Day’ Kew will be inviting visitors to enjoy an exclusive peek at some of our vital conservation work.

Seed-collecting in China’s Yunnan province

Jonas Mueller with Chinese colleagues
Sun, 2015-04-12 10:04

Banking seeds in China

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.

Mind the (gender) gap?

Mon, 2015-03-30 11:36

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