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Kew Science News

Image showing National Botanical Gardens in Tbilisi, Georgia
22nd November 2017

Travelling to Tbilisi: seed-banking in a biodiversity hotspot

In a country where many plants managed to survive the ice-age, seed banking technology is protecting them from extinction and today’s threats.
Author lr82kg
14th November 2017

Kew awards the President of Colombia with Kew International Medal for biodiversity conservation

Colombia, home to 10% of the world’s flora and fauna species, is commended for its progressive work to protect its biodiversity.
Author dc23kg
14th August 2017

Kew and the National Botanic Garden of the Dominican Republic celebrate 10 years of protecting threatened plants

A 10 year partnership between Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the National Botanic Garden of the Dominican Republic has focused on protecting rare and threatened forest species.
Author dc23kg
31st July 2017

Science went wild at Wakehurst

The first Science Festival at Wakehurst took place on 22–23 July and was an enjoyable and educational weekend for everybody!
Author lr82kg
Coffee fruits (Credit: Jenny Williams)
4th July 2017

Ethiopia’s gift to the world – is it too late to save coffee?

In a ground-breaking paper published this week, Kew scientists, along with collaborators in Ethiopia, describe the impact of climate change on coffee farming in Ethiopia.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
31st March 2017

Parasites galore

Two species of parasitic toothwort are currently in flower at Kew. Mike Fay explains more about their fascinating biology, history and where you can see them.

Author Anonymous (not verified)
Local people on the Avenue of the Baobabs, Morondava, Madagascar (Credit: Gavin Evans, licensed under CC-by-SA 3.0)
14th March 2017

State of the World's Plants Symposium 2017 – Programme announced

Following the resounding success of the inaugural State of the World’s Plants Symposium in 2016, Kew is set to host another great line-up of world-class speakers. Among the programme highlights will be a guest talk by the President of the Republic of Mauritius, Her Excellency, Dr Ameenah Gurib-Fakim. 

Author Anonymous (not verified)
Kencho Dorji and Kezang Tobgay outside the Kew Herbarium
9th March 2017

Scientists from Bhutan visit Kew

Two Biodiversity Officers from the National Biodiversity Centre in Thimphu, Bhutan have just completed a three-week visit to Kew's Herbarium where they selected a range of Bhutanese specimens to digitise.

Author Anonymous (not verified)
Comparison of similar Espeletia species (E is E. praesidentis).
28th February 2017

New species discovered by Kew scientist is named to honour Colombian President

A new plant species from northeastern Colombia has been named Espeletia praesidentis, in honour of efforts made by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos to build peace in his country after over five decades of conflict.

Author Anonymous (not verified)
Kew & FMCN sign agreement to help save endemic and endangered Mexican flora
28th February 2017

Kew supports Mexico in race against time to protect incredible biodiversity

Representatives from Kew have just signed a new agreement to help safeguard Mexico's incredible biodiversity. Their visit to Mexico coincides with the 13th Meeting of the CBD Conference of Parties (COP13) taking place from 2–17 December in Cancun, Mexico.

Author Anonymous (not verified)
Dr Alex Papadopulos explains DNA sequencing to President Santos of Columbia and HRH Prince Charles (RBG Kew)
1st March 2017

Kew–Colombia partnership set to help identify, protect and promote plant biodiversity

The Colombian Government’s scientific body, Colciencias, and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew have signed a Statement of Intent that will forge close links between Kew and this richly biodiverse country.

Author Anonymous (not verified)
Serene Hargreaves (Kew) and Steve Hope (Toyota) in Kew's Herbarium
1st March 2017

Toyota supports Kew's vital research into threatened plant species

A new Plant Assessment Unit at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew secures Toyota global funding through the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Author Anonymous (not verified)
State of the World's Plants
1st March 2017

State of the World's Plants Symposium – speakers announced

Browse our programme of speakers, discover the key questions that will be addressed, and find out how to join us as we take stock of the world’s plant diversity and current research and trends.

Author Anonymous (not verified)
Lee Foundation Botany and Biodiversity Scholars at Kew
1st March 2017

Kew’s first Singapore Botanic Gardens Lee Foundation-sponsored MSc students start course in London

Three Lee Botany and Biodiversity Scholars start their year-long Masters course at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew this week. 

Author Anonymous (not verified)
Dro auriculata
28th February 2017

Explore Kew’s first Science Festival

Kew will host its first Science Festival from 5–7 August. Come and meet our scientists as they bring their science out of the labs and into the Gardens.

Author Anonymous (not verified)
Aloe vera (Credit: Olwen Grace)
28th February 2017

Help us solve the mystery of the 2,000 year-old medicinal plant

Scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew are taking the unprecedented step to crowdfund for pioneering research into one of the most commonly used ingredients in our shopping basket; Aloe vera.

Author Anonymous (not verified)
Pantanal
1st March 2017

State of the World's Plants report released by Kew

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew has released the first annual report on the State of the World’s Plants accompanied by the first international science and policy symposium on the topic.

Author Anonymous (not verified)
Participants on the CWR Malaysia training course search for crop wild relatives
1st March 2017

Missing: 70% of crop wild relatives

Nature Plants has published the latest results of the global gap analysis paper 'Global Conservation Priorities for Crop Wild Relatives'.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
1st March 2017

International Conservation Policy internship

Kew’s Science Policy team is looking for interns to work on a range of projects related to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Image of flowers of Eschweilera
1st March 2017

State of the World's Plants Symposium - registration now open!

In May 2016, Kew will launch a ground-breaking new report on the State of the World’s Plants, as part of an international science and policy symposium. Join us as we take stock of the world’s plant diversity and current research and trends.
Author Anonymous (not verified)

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