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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.
Author et02kg
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)
Photo showing diversity of mushrooms from a cloud forest in Ecuador (Image: B. Dentinger)
28th February 2017

Genome mining from fungarium specimens

High throughput DNA sequencing has been used to produce the first fully-supported phylogeny of Agaricales.
Author jt07kg
1st March 2017

Fascination of Plants Day

On 18 May 2015 Kew will be joining plant science organisations around the globe in a collective aim to reveal the fascinating world of plant science
Author et02kg
Jonas Mueller with Chinese colleagues
1st March 2017

Seed-collecting in China’s Yunnan province

Yunnan province covers only 4% of China’s land surface, yet is home to about half of China’s plant species. Kew scientist Jonas Mueller joined a team from the Kunming Institute of Botany to collect key plant species in the southern parts of the province.
Author et02kg
Liriodendron
28th February 2017

Cold-driven extinctions

An integrated analysis of fossils, geographic ranges, climate and phylogeny shows that past climate cooling has left a strong mark on the phylogenetic structure of northern temperate forest floras.
Author et02kg
Centrosema pubescens
28th February 2017

Homoglutathione in legumes

The presence of homoglutathione in legumes is restricted to species in the Old World clade of subfamily Papilionoideae.
Author et02kg
Mycorrhizal sampling
28th February 2017

Mapping and monitoring mycorrhizal fungi on a European scale… why and how?

Mycologists recommend a Europe-wide scaling-up of mycorrhizal assessments to inform forest management and conservation.
Author et02kg
Pictures shows four people standing around a conveyor belt. One person is leaning over the conveyor belt, placing pressed plant specimens onto it. Another person is operating a device that delivers barcode labels.
28th February 2017

Large-scale digitisation by Kew and Natural History Museum

Using a DigiStreet conveyor belt system based in Amsterdam, Kew and the Natural History Museum are working together on large-scale digitisation of their plant collections #digitalherbarium #Kew #NHM
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Palm leaf
1st March 2017

Science Strategy reveals reinvigorated vision for Kew’s science

The new strategy firmly places Kew’s vast collections at the heart of its science.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Palm leaf
1st March 2017

New format for a traditional Flora

A new account of the Cunoniaceae for the Flora of New Caledonia has been produced in a format designed for both specialists and non-specialists.
Author et02kg
Palm leaf
1st March 2017

New species found in Kew glasshouse

A pitcher plant growing in a Kew glasshouse has been found to be a new species of Nepenthes
Author et02kg
Guillaume Besnard and Nanjarisoa Olinirina Prisca
1st March 2017

Extinct grass sequenced

In what is believed to be the first application of next-generation DNA sequencing to an extinct plant, sequences from the extinct grass Sartidia perrieri have been obtained to investigate the origin of C4 photosynthesis.
Author et02kg
Trolleys containing green boxes.
1st March 2017

A pilot for discovering plant diversity

Kew and the Natural History Museum are working together on large scale digitisation of their plant collections
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Mycorrhizas in forest monitoring
17th November 2017

Mycorrhizas in forest monitoring

Mycologists call for large-scale monitoring of ectomycorrhizal fungi to better indicate the condition of forest ecosystems.
Author et02kg
Aextoxicon punctatum
1st March 2017

Botanists ensure safety of South American tree

Botanists are celebrating after an important tree seed, collected on a dangerous expedition to South America, has begun to flower at Wakehurst Place, in Sussex.
Author et02kg
Photo of Jodrell laboratory, Wolfson wing
1st March 2017

Science and technology committee hearing for Kew's £5 million 'budget gap'

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is participating in a House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee hearing on 17 December.
Author et02kg
Wolfson Wing of Jodrell Laboratory
1st March 2017

PhD studentships in ‘Science & Solutions for a Changing Planet’

Applications are now open for fully-funded PhD studentships in the Imperial College NERC (Natural Environment Research Council) Doctoral Training Partnership, of which Kew is a named partner.
Author et02kg

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