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.
10 Sep 2013
Preparations are well underway for this year’s Seed Festival. It is set to be a fantastic day with something for the whole family from workshops, tours and talks to swapping seeds and exciting activities for the kids. The setting for this year’s Seed Festival will be Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank.
28 Aug 2013
An inquiring mind is essential for a seed morphologist and Wolfgang Stuppy is no exception. August's 'Seed of the Month' post explores not just one seed but poisonous fruits and seeds of the world.
22 Aug 2013
Grass pea (Lathyrus sativus) is one of the 29 key crops that are the focus of the Millennium Seed Bank and the Global Crop Diversity Trust's Crop Wild Relatives project. Sarah Cody discusses the light and dark side of this intriguing and important crop.
13 Aug 2013
It's just another working day for Angie Bell, one of Kew's Seed Processing Assistants, as she heads down the spiral staircase to the underground vault of the Millennium Seed Bank where she will be banking seeds from Malawi in sub-zero temperatures.
26 Jul 2013
This month the Millennium Seed Bank's Seed Morphologist, Wolfgang Stuppy, introduces us to the freaky blue fruits of Decaisnea insignis. The taste is sweet and refreshing but this fruit is eerily known as ‘dead man’s finger’.
22 Jul 2013
Global efforts to adapt staple foods like rice, wheat and potato to climate change have been given a major boost today as new research shows the whereabouts of their wild cousins. These wild relations could offer beneficial qualities to help major crops become more productive and resilient in the face of future climates and new threats.20 likes
12 Jul 2013
For the IncrEdibles festival Kew’s resident seed specialist Wolfgang Stuppy is contributing bite-size features about weird and wonderful edible plants from around the world. In the second of the series – the incredible ice cream bean!
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13 Dec 2013
On the far-flung islands of the UK Overseas Territories (UKOTs) many plants have become associated with the Christmas festivities for their seasonal flowers or fruits. Kew’s UKOTs team helps to grow and conserve them.
09 Dec 2013
Sarah Cody explains how gap analysis is helping our partners collect the seed of crop wild relatives (CWR) for a project called 'Adapting Agriculture to Climate Change', run jointly by Kew's Millennium Seed Bank and the Global Crop Diversity Trust.
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.