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Kew Science News

30th March 2017

Parasites galore

Two species of parasitic toothwort are currently in flower at Kew. Mike Fay explains more about their fascinating biology, history and where you can see them.

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Local people on the Avenue of the Baobabs, Morondava, Madagascar (Credit: Gavin Evans, licensed under CC-by-SA 3.0)
9th March 2017

State of the World's Plants Symposium 2017 – Programme announced

Following the resounding success of the inaugural State of the World’s Plants Symposium in 2016, Kew is set to host another great line-up of world-class speakers. Among the programme highlights will be a guest talk by the President of the Republic of Mauritius, Her Excellency, Dr Ameenah Gurib-Fakim. 

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Kencho Dorji and Kezang Tobgay outside the Kew Herbarium
2nd March 2017

Scientists from Bhutan visit Kew

Two Biodiversity Officers from the National Biodiversity Centre in Thimphu, Bhutan have just completed a three-week visit to Kew's Herbarium where they selected a range of Bhutanese specimens to digitise.

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Comparison of similar Espeletia species (E is E. praesidentis).
11th January 2017

New species discovered by Kew scientist is named to honour Colombian President

A new plant species from northeastern Colombia has been named Espeletia praesidentis, in honour of efforts made by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos to build peace in his country after over five decades of conflict.

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Kew & FMCN sign agreement to help save endemic and endangered Mexican flora
9th December 2016

Kew supports Mexico in race against time to protect incredible biodiversity

Representatives from Kew have just signed a new agreement to help safeguard Mexico's incredible biodiversity. Their visit to Mexico coincides with the 13th Meeting of the CBD Conference of Parties (COP13) taking place from 2–17 December in Cancun, Mexico.

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Dr Alex Papadopulos explains DNA sequencing to President Santos of Columbia and HRH Prince Charles (RBG Kew)
2nd November 2016

Kew–Colombia partnership set to help identify, protect and promote plant biodiversity

The Colombian Government’s scientific body, Colciencias, and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew have signed a Statement of Intent that will forge close links between Kew and this richly biodiverse country.

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Serene Hargreaves (Kew) and Steve Hope (Toyota) in Kew's Herbarium
11th October 2016

Toyota supports Kew's vital research into threatened plant species

A new Plant Assessment Unit at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew secures Toyota global funding through the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

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State of the World's Plants
27th September 2016

State of the World's Plants Symposium – speakers announced

Browse our programme of speakers, discover the key questions that will be addressed, and find out how to join us as we take stock of the world’s plant diversity and current research and trends.

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Lee Foundation Botany and Biodiversity Scholars at Kew
26th September 2016

Kew’s first Singapore Botanic Gardens Lee Foundation-sponsored MSc students start course in London

Three Lee Botany and Biodiversity Scholars start their year-long Masters course at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew this week. 

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Dro auriculata
21st September 2016

Explore Kew’s first Science Festival

Kew will host its first Science Festival from 5–7 August. Come and meet our scientists as they bring their science out of the labs and into the Gardens.

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Aloe vera (Credit: Olwen Grace)
28th June 2016

Help us solve the mystery of the 2,000 year-old medicinal plant

Scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew are taking the unprecedented step to crowdfund for pioneering research into one of the most commonly used ingredients in our shopping basket; Aloe vera.

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Pantanal
9th May 2016

State of the World's Plants report released by Kew

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew has released the first annual report on the State of the World’s Plants accompanied by the first international science and policy symposium on the topic.

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Participants on the CWR Malaysia training course search for crop wild relatives
22nd March 2016

Missing: 70% of crop wild relatives

Nature Plants has published the latest results of the global gap analysis paper 'Global Conservation Priorities for Crop Wild Relatives'.
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25th February 2016

International Conservation Policy internship

Kew’s Science Policy team is looking for interns to work on a range of projects related to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)
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Image of flowers of Eschweilera
18th February 2016

State of the World's Plants Symposium - registration now open!

In May 2016, Kew will launch a ground-breaking new report on the State of the World’s Plants, as part of an international science and policy symposium. Join us as we take stock of the world’s plant diversity and current research and trends.
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Image showing a global snapshot of the Vegetation Sensitivity Index (VSI), a new indicator of vegetation sensitivity to climate variability using satellite data between 2000-2013 at 5km resolution
17th February 2016

How sensitive are global ecosystems to climatic variability?

Are some ecosystems more sensitive to climatic variability than others? This is the question tackled by researchers from Kew, the University of Bergen and the University of Oxford in a ground-breaking new study published today in Nature.
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The Jodrell Laboratory at Kew
15th February 2016

Scholarship for QMUL Kew MSc

A Lee Botany and Biodiversity scholarship for the MSc Plant and Fungal Taxonomy, Diversity and Conservation at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew is available from The National Parks Board, Singapore.
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Photo of Kathy Willis
10th February 2016

Kew's Director of Science to give Michael Faraday Prize Lecture

Professor Katherine Willis, Director of Science at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew will be giving the Michael Faraday Prize lecture on Thursday 11 February 2016 at the Royal Society.
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Image showing a grass dominated ecosystem on the Horombe plateau in central Madagascar occupy 20– 40% of Earth.
4th February 2016

Scientific Meeting: Growing the Grass Classification

This summer Kew scientists will meet with international colleagues to discuss the classification of grasses.
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Image showing that Madagascar’s pastures are viewed as degraded anthropogenic vegetation but this disturbed ecosystem in Ankaramy Be is dominated by native and endemic grasses.
28th January 2016

Madagascar's rich and ancient grass flora

Maria Vorontsova describes her recent study showing that Madagascar's diverse grass flora has a long evolutionary history, with ancient grasslands pre-dating human settlement.
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