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Protecting coffee from the threat of extinction

Plants: From Roots to Riches

The Great Providers

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Kathy Willis examines how we are building future resilience into our modern crops.

Plant Profile: Arabica coffee (Coffee arabica)

Coffee cultivation may have started in the sixth century in Yemen, its use being for spiritual purposes.

Coffee became a popular drink in Europe from the seventeenth century onwards, being imported from plantations established first by the Dutch in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), Java, and later from plantations in Brazil and the West Indies established in the eighteenth century. Much of the world’s Arabica coffee is produced in Latin America.

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The world’s most famous botanic garden

Come and see our historic glasshouses, rare and beautiful plants, and inspring botanical art galleries.

A summer meadow in mauve and yellow

'Plants: From Roots to Riches' Book

Based on the Radio 4 series. Kathy Willis and Carolyn Fry take us from the birth of botany right through to modern day plant science.

Plants: From Roots to Riches, a landmark Radio 4 series

Adopt a seed

Help Kew's Millennium Seed Bank protect the future of the world's plants by adopting a seed for as little as £25.

Dimorphotheca nudicaulis seeds