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Kew Science News

Palm leaf
24th September 2013

Applying Kew’s science in the Amazon

A new research facility opens to support biodiversity restoration in the southern Amazon ‘arc of deforestation’.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
19th September 2013

International workshop on plant conservation on Mediterranean islands

Reports from an international workshop on plant conservation on Mediterranean islands are now available.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Taxus baccata
3rd September 2013

Analysis of yew wood

Kew scientists investigate the occurrence of alkaloids in the heartwood of Taxus baccata (European yew).
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Tephrosia vogelii
29th July 2013

Growing the wrong Tephrosia

A plant used by farmers in Africa to control pest insects occurs in two varieties. Only one is effective, and many farmers are growing the wrong type.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
The herbarium includes this fungi specimen collected by Darwin from Tierra Del Fuego.
12th July 2013

Revolutionising the Fungarium - a genomic treasure trove?

A DNA sequencing breakthrough has used samples from Kew's Fungarium to show that genetic information can be accessed from even very old samples, holding out the promise of significant discoveries which may have profound impacts on all our lives.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Nettles belonging to the genus Elatostema growing in Yangzi cave, China (Image: A. Monro)
26th June 2013

Kew discovers new nettle species in caves

Scientists from China and Kew Gardens have discovered 10 new species of nettle in the caves and gorges of southwestern China.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Sambucus nigra inflorescence
10th June 2013

Elderflower surprise

Scientists at Kew Gardens have discovered compounds new to science in ordinary elderflower drinks.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Howea belmoreana and H. forsteriana have evolved into separate species while growing together on Lord Howe Island (Image: W. Baker)
6th June 2013

Speciation systems on Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island provides evidence in plants for the 'syngameon hypothesis' of adaptive evolution.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Photo of Galanthus nivalis capsules
23rd May 2013

A new typology of seed development in late winter-flowering temperate woodland plants

Research at the Millennium Seed Bank (RBG Kew) and the University of Reading has identified a new typology of seed development.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
A pine cone growing on Pinus sylvestris, scots pine, at Kew
22nd May 2013

Study finds sixty percent of UK species in decline

Kew has contributed to a groundbreaking report on the state of wildlife in the UK in time for International Day of Biological Diversity. It reveals that 60% of species studied have declined over recent decades.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Hamster digging for seed in gravel
14th May 2013

What are hard seeds for?

A new hypothesis has been proposed on why some seeds are hard.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Bee on coffee flower
10th May 2013

Caffeine enhances bee memory

Caffeine in the nectar of coffee and citrus flowers manipulates the memory of pollinating bees.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Fraxinus excelsior (European ash) in Germany
10th May 2013

New initiative from Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank to protect UK trees takes root

With new pests and diseases attacking the United Kingdom's native treescape, Kew' Millennium Seed Bank is tackling the threat by establishing the country's first national collection of tree seeds - the UK National Tree Seed Project.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Anemone pulsatilla
3rd May 2013

Pasqueflower restoration

Understanding the regeneration and pollination requirements for Anemone pulsatilla in the UK.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
181 seed collections fro Extramadura
25th April 2013

100 endangered plant species from the Extremadura region of Spain are now safeguarded for future generations

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).
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Oncidium fuscatum
3rd April 2013

Orchid community agree name changes in Oncidium

A substantial rearrangement of generic boundaries in the widely cultivated Oncidium group of orchids has been agreed by the orchid community.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Bismarkia nobilis
26th March 2013

Framework for palm biogeography

Researchers establish a hypothesis for the evolution of palms in time and space.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Solanum insanum
26th March 2013

Eggplant names cracked

Researchers untangle the names of spiny wild aubergines.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Pennisetum advena
7th March 2013

Updating classifications to reflect monophyly

The move from a 'traditional' to a 'phylogenetic; classification of grasses (Poaceae) has resulted in 10% of species having their scientific name changed.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Pseudowintera colorata
5th March 2013

Herbal medicine through an evolutionary lens

A phylogenetic study has shown that related plants are used traditionally in three disparate regions to treat similar medical conditions.
Author Anonymous (not verified)

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