News from Kew's Millennium Seed Bank
Browse the latest news from Kew's Millennium Seed Bank and find out more about how we're helping to save plant life around the world. We focus our efforts on plant species threatened with extinction and of most use in the future.
03 Jun 2013
The southeast Asian plant Durian has been called the King of Fruits but, like Marmite, it sharply divides opinion between those who love the incredible taste of its custard-like pulp and those who are revolted by its putrid smell.
03 Jun 2013
How would you like to work in the world’s biodiversity hot spot? If so an exciting opportunity to join the team here at the Millennium Seed Bank is now available!
23 May 2013
Research at the Millennium Seed Bank (RBG Kew) and the University of Reading has identified a new typology of seed development.0 likes
14 May 2013
A new hypothesis has been proposed on why some seeds are hard.8 likes
10 May 2013
With a host of new pests and diseases attacking the United Kingdom’s native treescape, Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank is tackling the threat by establishing the country’s first national collection of tree seeds – the UK National Tree Seed Project.11 likes
100 endangered plant species from the Extremadura region of Spain are now safeguarded for future generations
25 Apr 2013
The Millennium Seed Bank has received a donation of 181 seed accessions, representing nearly 100 endangered plant species, from the Research Centre “La Orden-Valdesequera” of the Regional Government of Extremadura (Spain).12 likes
06 Mar 2013
Critically endangered black rhino have recently been reintroduced to the North Luangwa National Park in Zambia. Paul Smith, an expert in the vegetation of the area, is helping to identify the plant species that Rhinos rely on for their survival.
04 Mar 2013
Revolving around a humble seed, this month's blog covers nearly everything from seed morphology and digestive problems to the beautiful smell of racing car engines and James Bond-style murder. Discover the useful, funny and lethal sides of one of the most notorious seeds on Earth!
31 Jan 2013
Following the success of our Great Seed Swap, held at Wakehurst for the last two years, this year Kew's Millennium Seed Bank is hosting the Wakehurst Seed Festival, including the Seed Swap.12 likes
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14 Jun 2013
Receive training in seed collecting and discuss the use of seeds for restoration and re-introduction, in the beautiful grounds of Wakehurst Place. This training day is delivered by Kew as part of the Flora Locale training programme.
10 Jun 2013
Scientists at Kew Gardens have discovered compounds new to science in ordinary elderflower drinks.
10 Jun 2013
Letter and plans from Kew's Directors' Correspondence archive give a glimpse into the humble beginnings of one of botany's most revered institutions - Missouri Botanical Garden - and its founder Henry Shaw.
08 Nov 2012
A new study from Kew suggests that Arabica coffee could be extinct in the wild within 70 years.
18 May 2010
Kew’s top propagation ‘code-breaker’, horticulturist Carlos Magdalena, has cracked the enigma of growing a rare species of African waterlily. The 'thermal’ lily (Nymphaea thermarum) is believed to be the smallest waterlily in the world, with pads that can be as little as 1 cm in diameter.
14 Sep 2011
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew announced today that Director (CEO and Chief Scientist), Professor Stephen Hopper FLS will step down in autumn 2012 after six years in the job.