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Kew Science News

Image showing Fraxinus excelsior at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
28th June 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 lr82kg
Image showing Salvia sclarea (Clary), known to have medicinal properties
12th June 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 lr82kg
5th June 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 lr82kg
West Itremo
9th April 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.
image showing Plant from the genus Myrcia, and Thais, the award winning student
22nd March 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 lr82kg
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
Wakehurst arboretum
11th January 2018

Kew responds to the government's 25 year Environment Plan

How the 25 year plan will be critical for our environment and how Kew's work is contributing.
Author dc23kg
Fungi and crocuses
25th November 2017

Fungi diversity and threats discussed at Kew in British Mycological Society meeting

Kew has hosted and participated in a meeting of the British Mycological Society, where the critical role of fungi to ecosystems and their threats were discussed.
Author dc23kg
Image showing National Botanical Gardens in Tbilisi, Georgia
24th 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)
Kencho Dorji and Kezang Tobgay outside the Kew Herbarium
23rd February 2018

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)
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)