2016 saw the publication of over 450 new genera, species and varieties of fungi and plants in papers co-authored by Kew scientists and their collaborators around the world. Of these, more than 200 can be directly ascribed to Kew scientists themselves.
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?
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'.
James Wearn and Andrew Budden describe the context for their recent expedition to the Somme, and explain how Kew’s former Director, Sir Arthur Hill, inspired their research.
Bob Allkin explains how Kew’s Medicinal Plant Names Services (MPNS) is involved in helping the world’s health regulators to ensure that herbal products are traded safely by supporting development of an important new medicinal standard.
Have you ever thought about the botany behind a traditional Christmas pudding? Here, Kew scientist Michael Fay reveals the botanical secrets of an old family recipe.