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Kew Science News

1st March 2017

Plant story - saving Oldfieldia dactylophylla, a rare and highly endangered tree species from Malawi

The excitement could not be concealed when the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership collection team came across three Oldfieldia dactylophylla trees loaded with fruits.

Author Anonymous (not verified)
1st March 2017

Plant story - a newly discovered species of Dioscorea has been collected and saved

This Dioscorea (yam) species is scarce because it has been over-collected  for medicinal use. A newly discovered species of Dioscorea has now been collected and saved by the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership.

Author Anonymous (not verified)
1st March 2017

Plant story - a rare tree from Kenya, Aloe ballyi, has been saved by Millennium Seed Bank partners

The seeds of a rare Aloe tree were collected in the Taita Hills of Kenya during a collaborative collecting mission involving the National Genebank of Kenya and the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership.

Author Anonymous (not verified)
1st March 2017

Plant story - conserving grassland paper daisy in Tasmania

The Millennium Seed Bank Partnership has conserved the endangered Australian grassland paper daisy (Leucochrysum albicans).

Author dc07kg
1st March 2017

Plant story - conserving willowmore cedar

Find out how the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership saved willowmore cedar (Widdringtonia schwarzii), an ancient giant plant which occurs in the Baviaanskloof and Kouga Mountains in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa.

Author Anonymous (not verified)
1st March 2017

Plant story - conserving Protea odorata, an endangered plant species

Efforts to find and conserve populations of Protea odorata date back to the early 1980's when four sites were identified.

Author Anonymous (not verified)
Photo of iris sofarana
1st March 2017

Plant story - Iris sofarana, an endemic plant species from the higher mountains in Lebanon

The showy flowers of Iris sofarana make it vulnerable to unlicensed collecting, for personal and commercial use.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
1st March 2017

Plant story - saving Hoodia currorii an important slimming plant

Hoodia currorii contains compounds used in slimming pills and is now under threat due to over-collecting.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
1st March 2017

Plant story - Devils claw found and collected from Botswana

Millennium Seed Bank Partnership fieldwork in the Okavango Delta in December 2005 located five IUCN Red List Index plant species, one of these being the very useful "Devils claw" (Harpagophytum zeyheri).
Author Anonymous (not verified)
1st March 2017

Plant story - last wild population of Cylindrophyllum hallii saved from extinction

A wild population of a long-lost species was discovered during a routine seed collecting trip in South Africa. This plant species had not been documented or collected since 1960.

Author Anonymous (not verified)
1st March 2017

Plant story - helping to conserve Origanum syriacum

The Millennium Seed Bank Partnership has conserved the endangered Origanum syriacum, the most economic and edible wild plant in Lebanon.

Author Anonymous (not verified)
1st March 2017

Plant story - finding snow protea

Find out how snow protea (Protea cryophila) was lost and found thanks to the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership.

Author Anonymous (not verified)
1st March 2017

Plant story - Gladiolus aureus is on the verge of extinction

A once wide spread plant species, this geophyte, known only to be found in the Cape Peninsula of South Africa is on the verge of extinction in the wild.

Author Anonymous (not verified)
Species included giant rainforest trees, rare and beautiful orchids, spectacular palms, tiny fungi, wild coffees and an ancient aquatic plant.
1st March 2017

A bumper year for Kew in new species discovery

Canopy giants and miniature fungi are among over 250 new species discovered in Kew’s 250th anniversary year

Author Anonymous (not verified)
1st March 2017

Knee-high eucalyptus discovered in SW Australia

Kew's Director has recently described two new species in his native Australia
Author Anonymous (not verified)
1st March 2017

Plant story - 200 year old seeds spring to life

Against all expectations, seed scientists from Kew's Millennium Seed Bank at Wakehurst, germinated 200 year old seeds discovered in The National Archives. Some of these have now grown into healthy plants.

Author Anonymous (not verified)
28th February 2017

New palm genus is discovered in the remote forests of New Guinea

The discovery of a new palm genus has revealed that botanists have much still to learn about remote areas such as New Guinea.

Author Anonymous (not verified)
28th February 2017

Protea plants help unlock secrets of species 'hotspots'

Some parts of the planet with a Mediterranean-style climate have become species-rich biodiversity hotspots, a recent study reveals.

Author Anonymous (not verified)
1st March 2017

Kew's Maputo workshop represents progress for protection of Mozambique's mountains and coastal forests

Kew has been invited to play a key role in shaping conservation policy in Mozambique.

Author Anonymous (not verified)
1st March 2017

Understanding the building blocks of our natural world - fungi research at Kew

Kew’s specialist expertise is revealing the links between tree health, air pollution and climate change.
Author Anonymous (not verified)

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