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Kew Science News

23rd November 2018

New orchid species pictured on bank card

Kew scientists have a described a new orchid species which has been featured on an Indonesian bank card.
Author cs53kg
15th November 2018

Kew continues to contribute to the IUCN Red List

Over 96,000 species have now been assessed for their conservation status with the latest update to the IUCN Red List.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
15th November 2018

Kew helping to sequence the genetic code of plants and fungi

Kew Scientists are collaborating with the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and other institutions to help sequence 66,000 genomes of UK eukaryotic species.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
5th November 2018

Conventional seed banking methods not an option for over a third of threatened species

New evidence from Kew suggests that traditional seed banking approaches do not work for some of our most economically important fruit and vegetables and iconic tree species. Alternative methods can help conserve these species.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
31st October 2018

Protecting the future of UK trees at Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank

Kew researchers have been collecting seeds from locations across the UK as part of The UK National Tree Seed Project.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
17th October 2018

Kew exhibits at the Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference

Kew’s CITES team, along with Kew Scientists, presented their work on plants at the Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference on 11–12 October 2018 in London.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
15th October 2018

Kew Scientist discovers new species of aquatic herb on the edge of extinction

In a recently published paper, Kew scientist Dr Martin Cheek and African collaborator Dr Aiah Lebbie, describe the discovery of a bizarre new waterfall genus of Podostemaceae
Author Anonymous (not verified)
10th October 2018

Kew Scientist shortlisted for the Newton Prize

A project led by Kew researcher Dr William Milliken has been shortlisted for the prestigious 2018 Newton Prize.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Image showing Omphalotus nidiformis
10th October 2018

Kew hosts first ever State of the World’s Fungi Symposium

Scientists and policy-makers from all around the globe gathered at Kew 13 – 14 September to explore and discuss current knowledge of fungi and the major issues affecting fungal diversity and abundance.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
A fungus from the family Psathyrellaceae decomposing bark chippings near the Sackler Crossing at Kew
10th October 2018

Kew releases State of the World’s Fungi report

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew has released the first ever State of the World’s Fungi report.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Image showing Prof. Kathy Willis, Kew's Director of Science
10th October 2018

Kew’s Director of Science receives ecology award

Professor Kathy Willis, Kew’s Director of Science has been awarded the 2018 Marsh Award for Ecology by the British Ecological Society.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
10th October 2018

Seed Banking Standards reviews completed for Australia

Ahead of the Global Partnership for Plant Conservation conference, Kew celebrates a milestone in the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership through the completion of Standards reviews across Australia.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
image showing Monique Simmonds, featured in 'First women' by Anita Corbin
10th October 2018

Kew’s Deputy Director of Science honoured

Monique Simmonds, Kew’s first female Deputy Director of Science has been recognised with two fantastic accolades this month.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
10th October 2018

MP Zac Goldsmith visits Kew

Zac Goldsmith visited to learn more about Kew’s policy work.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Image showing Fraxinus excelsior at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
10th October 2018

Conserving genetic diversity of ash trees

Scientists have developed a new approach to conserving genetic diversity, using European ash – a species in severe decline – as a case study.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Image showing Salvia sclarea (Clary), known to have medicinal properties
10th October 2018

Traditional Chinese Medicine experts gather at Kew

In July, Kew is hosting an international meeting on Traditional Chinese Medicine. The exciting event will bring together experts to discuss and debate the current challenges and opportunities that face the global development of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
Author Anonymous (not verified)
10th October 2018

Diversity is key to State of the World’s Fungi Symposium

As the full programme is announced for the first international State of the World’s Fungi Symposium, we look forward to a diverse set of talks and speakers.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
West Itremo
10th October 2018

Beauty of Madagascar’s grasses revealed for the first time

A digital scanner powered by a car battery creates original images of grass species in Maria Vorontsova's new book.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
image showing Plant from the genus Myrcia, and Thais, the award winning student
10th October 2018

Kew PhD student wins prestigious award

Kew PhD student Thais Vasconcelos has won the Linnean Society’s John C. Marsden Medal 2018, awarded annually for the best thesis in biology.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
image showing some of Kew's female scientists
8th March 2018

Women leaders of the biological sciences and research at RBG Kew

We recall some of the female pioneers of biological research and those making a difference today.
Author lr82kg

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