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Image showing a global snapshot of the Vegetation Sensitivity Index (VSI), a new indicator of vegetation sensitivity to climate variability using satellite data between 2000-2013 at 5km resolution
28th February 2017

How sensitive are global ecosystems to climatic variability?

Are some ecosystems more sensitive to climatic variability than others? This is the question tackled by researchers from Kew, the University of Bergen and the University of Oxford in a ground-breaking new study published today in Nature.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
The Jodrell Laboratory at Kew
1st March 2017

Scholarship for QMUL Kew MSc

A Lee Botany and Biodiversity scholarship for the MSc Plant and Fungal Taxonomy, Diversity and Conservation at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew is available from The National Parks Board, Singapore.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Photo of Kathy Willis
28th February 2017

Kew's Director of Science to give Michael Faraday Prize Lecture

Professor Katherine Willis, Director of Science at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew will be giving the Michael Faraday Prize lecture on Thursday 11 February 2016 at the Royal Society.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Image showing a grass dominated ecosystem on the Horombe plateau in central Madagascar occupy 20– 40% of Earth.
1st March 2017

Scientific Meeting: Growing the Grass Classification

This summer Kew scientists will meet with international colleagues to discuss the classification of grasses.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Image showing that Madagascar’s pastures are viewed as degraded anthropogenic vegetation but this disturbed ecosystem in Ankaramy Be is dominated by native and endemic grasses.
28th February 2017

Madagascar's rich and ancient grass flora

Maria Vorontsova describes her recent study showing that Madagascar's diverse grass flora has a long evolutionary history, with ancient grasslands pre-dating human settlement.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Image showing The top new species scorers at Kew for 2015 all with over 20 species published. Left to right: John Wood, 25 new convolvulaceae; Ian Darbyshire, >20 African acanthaceae, and Eve Lucas, >20 Brazilian myrtaceae.
1st March 2017

More than 140 new species discovered by Kew scientists in 2015

In an article published by The Independent on 26th December 2015, Kew scientists were praised for uncovering more than 140 species new to science (including four new genera) – twice as many as in 2014.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Photo of Sheila Thompson
1st March 2017

Sheila Thompson awarded MBE

We are delighted to announce that Kew Science volunteer Sheila Thompson has been awarded an MBE in the 2016 New Year Honours.
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Dr. Maria Vorontsova (RBG Kew) speaking about the important of taxonomic checklists for the integration of bamboo and rattan into climate action at the Global Assessment of Bamboo and Rattan Programme side event (Photo: O. Frith)
1st March 2017

Kew scientist presents taxonomic checklist work at COP21

Maria Vorontsova, Research Leader for Comparative Plant and Fungal Biology (CPFB) describes her involvement in discussions at the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC, COP 21).
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Image showing MP for Horsham Jeremy Quin MP banking Crop Wild Relative seeds
1st March 2017

Crop Wild Relative Symposium stimulates discussion on climate change

In advance of the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21), the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Global Crop Diversity Trust held an exciting symposium on 'The Role of Crop Diversity in Transitioning to a Resilient Food System in a Changing Climate'.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Scientist in Kew's Jodrell Laboratory
1st March 2017

PhD studentships available

Applications are now open for fully funded PhD studentships offered by the London NERC (Natural Environment Research Council) Doctoral Training Partnership, of which Kew is a named partner.

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Photo of Prof Kathy Willis
1st March 2017

Prof Kathy Willis on BBC Radio 4

Director of Science Prof Kathy Willis discusses the future of biodiversity with presenter Jim Al-Khalili in The Life Scientific, broadcast this morning on BBC Radio 4.
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Kew Publishing book covers
28th February 2017

Kew Publishing success at Royal Society of Biology Book Awards

We are delighted to announce that two Kew Publishing titles have won prizes at the Royal Society of Biology 2015 Book Awards.
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Photo of Melocactus glaucescens
1st March 2017

Extinction risk to cacti highlighted by new report

Kew scientists have contributed to a global assessment of cacti, published today in the new journal Nature Plants.
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Palm leaf
1st March 2017

Conservation awards presented to Kew researchers

Three Kew researchers have been honoured with prestigious awards at a gathering of the world’s leading conservation biologists.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
27th September 2017

New Kew Internship Opportunity on TIPAs Project

An exciting new opportunity has arisen to join the Kew team working on Tropical Important Plant Areas
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Xanthoria elegans
1st March 2017

Lichens benefit from sunscreen

New research reveals that by developing natural sunscreen, a major group of lichens was able to colonise sun-exposed rocky habitats, leading to an ‘evolutionary radiation’.
Author et02kg
Photo of Kathy Willis
1st March 2017

Prof Kathy Willis awarded Michael Faraday Prize

Prof Kathy Willis has been awarded the Michael Faraday Prize and Lecture from the Royal Society for her excellent work in science communication.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Palm leaf
1st March 2017

New research shows daisies first appeared when dinosaurs walked the Earth

These findings reshape the history of this plant family that was thought, until now, to have evolved long after the dinosaurs became extinct.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
1st March 2017

Bursaries available for new MSc in Plant and Fungal Taxonomy, Diversity & Conservation

We are delighted to announce that three Kew bursaries are available for UK/EU students applying to the new Queen Mary University of London MSc in Plant and Fungal Taxonomy, Diversity and Conservation, delivered in partnership with Kew.
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The new discovered waterlily species growing in the wild
28th February 2017

Beautiful new waterlily species discovered by Kew plant hunter Carlos Magdalena

The discovery of a new waterlily species in the wild surprises experts as an identical plant has already been grown at Kew.
Author Anonymous (not verified)

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