Unearthed: Mysteries from an unseen world
Poisonings, trafficking and zombies. James Wong reveals the roles plants and fungi play in thrilling, sinister and heart-breaking real-life stories.
The plant behind a fatal poisoning, the fungi that turns insects into zombies and the world's disappearing forests.
In Kew's very first podcast series, botanist and 'plant geek' James Wong (BBC, Observer, New Scientist) will take you on journey in this one-of-a kind docuseries looking at the science behind murder, trade, allergens and medicines.
Learn about the illegal trafficking of rare species, how we identify dangerous poisons and how plants heal the human body through real-life human stories told through the expertise of Kew's own scientists and horticulturists.
You can join in the conversation using #KewUnearthed.
Episode 2: The curry killer: How Kew helped bring a murderer to justice
Episode 3: Curious cures and mysterious medicines
Episode 4: Zombies, tripping and the everyday normality of fantastic fungi
Episode 5: Harm or Harmony: How safe are we from the foods we eat?
Episode 6: The Disappearing Forests: Is ecocide a crime?
Learn more about plants and fungi
Read & watch
30 September 2020
Why do some plants cause allergies?
30 June 2020
Secret fungi in everyday life
2 September 2020
Into the wild: Plant drug discovery
19 August 2020
Plant forensics: Cracking criminal cases
5 August 2020
Criminal underworld of the cycad trade
9 May 2019
How Kew’s wood experts solve crimes