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Kew Science News

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 Anonymous (not verified)
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 Anonymous (not verified)
20th 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 Anonymous (not verified)
10th 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 Anonymous (not verified)
11th 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 Anonymous (not verified)
26th 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 Anonymous (not verified)
Coffee fruits (Credit: Jenny Williams)
23rd June 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)
30th 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
2nd 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).
11th January 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
9th December 2016

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)
2nd November 2016

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
11th October 2016

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
26th September 2016

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
21st September 2016

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 June 2016

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)
9th May 2016

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
22nd March 2016

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)
25th February 2016

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 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
17th February 2016

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)