Kew placement student Joe Bishop describes his work developing a quick and reliable tool for identifying species of Inga, an economically important tree genus native to Central and South America.
Following the UN Sustainable Development Summit 2015, which took place at the end of September, Paul Wilkin explains how Kew is making a significant contribution to the UN’s sustainable development goals through its biodiversity science. Kew will use the goals as a focus of its science activities during the 15 year time frame.
Kew’s UK National Tree Seed Project (UKNTSP) is tasked with collecting seeds of woody species from across the UK to build a national ex-situ collection. Bede West, UKNTSP Fieldwork Officer recounts his trip to collect holly (Ilex aquifolium) from the Peak District - and suggests scientific amendments to 'The Holly and the Ivy'.
Kew science officer Laura Rozario reveals the hot topics to be discussed in the forthcoming State of the World’s Plants Symposium to be held at Kew this May.
We often hear about the negative impacts of growing coffee, such as deforestation, non-recyclable paper cups and even enforced labour, and sometimes about the positive benefits that coffee brings to farmers and their communities. But could we do more?