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Photo of Sheila Thompson
1st March 2017

Sheila Thompson awarded MBE

We are delighted to announce that Kew Science volunteer Sheila Thompson has been awarded an MBE in the 2016 New Year Honours.
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Dr. Maria Vorontsova (RBG Kew) speaking about the important of taxonomic checklists for the integration of bamboo and rattan into climate action at the Global Assessment of Bamboo and Rattan Programme side event (Photo: O. Frith)
1st March 2017

Kew scientist presents taxonomic checklist work at COP21

Maria Vorontsova, Research Leader for Comparative Plant and Fungal Biology (CPFB) describes her involvement in discussions at the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC, COP 21).
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Image showing MP for Horsham Jeremy Quin MP banking Crop Wild Relative seeds
1st March 2017

Crop Wild Relative Symposium stimulates discussion on climate change

In advance of the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21), the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Global Crop Diversity Trust held an exciting symposium on 'The Role of Crop Diversity in Transitioning to a Resilient Food System in a Changing Climate'.
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Scientist in Kew's Jodrell Laboratory
1st March 2017

PhD studentships available

Applications are now open for fully funded PhD studentships offered by the London NERC (Natural Environment Research Council) Doctoral Training Partnership, of which Kew is a named partner.

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Photo of Prof Kathy Willis
1st March 2017

Prof Kathy Willis on BBC Radio 4

Director of Science Prof Kathy Willis discusses the future of biodiversity with presenter Jim Al-Khalili in The Life Scientific, broadcast this morning on BBC Radio 4.
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Crop Diversity and Climate Change graphic
1st March 2017

Symposium on crop diversity and climate change

On 23 November 2015 Kew will host a symposium on crop diversity and climate change.
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Kew Publishing book covers
28th February 2017

Kew Publishing success at Royal Society of Biology Book Awards

We are delighted to announce that two Kew Publishing titles have won prizes at the Royal Society of Biology 2015 Book Awards.
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Photo of Melocactus glaucescens
1st March 2017

Extinction risk to cacti highlighted by new report

Kew scientists have contributed to a global assessment of cacti, published today in the new journal Nature Plants.
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Palm leaf
1st March 2017

Conservation awards presented to Kew researchers

Three Kew researchers have been honoured with prestigious awards at a gathering of the world’s leading conservation biologists.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
1st March 2017

New Kew Internship Opportunity on TIPAs Project

An exciting new opportunity has arisen to join the Kew team working on Tropical Important Plant Areas
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Xanthoria elegans
1st March 2017

Lichens benefit from sunscreen

New research reveals that by developing natural sunscreen, a major group of lichens was able to colonise sun-exposed rocky habitats, leading to an ‘evolutionary radiation’.
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Photo of Kathy Willis
1st March 2017

Prof Kathy Willis awarded Michael Faraday Prize

Prof Kathy Willis has been awarded the Michael Faraday Prize and Lecture from the Royal Society for her excellent work in science communication.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Palm leaf
1st March 2017

New research shows daisies first appeared when dinosaurs walked the Earth

These findings reshape the history of this plant family that was thought, until now, to have evolved long after the dinosaurs became extinct.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
1st March 2017

Bursaries available for new MSc in Plant and Fungal Taxonomy, Diversity & Conservation

We are delighted to announce that three Kew bursaries are available for UK/EU students applying to the new Queen Mary University of London MSc in Plant and Fungal Taxonomy, Diversity and Conservation, delivered in partnership with Kew.
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The new discovered waterlily species growing in the wild
28th February 2017

Beautiful new waterlily species discovered by Kew plant hunter Carlos Magdalena

The discovery of a new waterlily species in the wild surprises experts as an identical plant has already been grown at Kew.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Photo showing diversity of mushrooms from a cloud forest in Ecuador (Image: B. Dentinger)
28th February 2017

Genome mining from fungarium specimens

High throughput DNA sequencing has been used to produce the first fully-supported phylogeny of Agaricales.
Author jt07kg
1st March 2017

Fascination of Plants Day

On 18 May 2015 Kew will be joining plant science organisations around the globe in a collective aim to reveal the fascinating world of plant science
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Jonas Mueller with Chinese colleagues
1st March 2017

Seed-collecting in China’s Yunnan province

Yunnan province covers only 4% of China’s land surface, yet is home to about half of China’s plant species. Kew scientist Jonas Mueller joined a team from the Kunming Institute of Botany to collect key plant species in the southern parts of the province.
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Liriodendron
28th February 2017

Cold-driven extinctions

An integrated analysis of fossils, geographic ranges, climate and phylogeny shows that past climate cooling has left a strong mark on the phylogenetic structure of northern temperate forest floras.
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Centrosema pubescens
28th February 2017

Homoglutathione in legumes

The presence of homoglutathione in legumes is restricted to species in the Old World clade of subfamily Papilionoideae.
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