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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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
1st March 2017

Mycorrhizas in forest monitoring

Mycologists call for large-scale monitoring of ectomycorrhizal fungi to better indicate the condition of forest ecosystems.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Bluebell wood at Kew
1st March 2017

Digitising Kew's weeds

Due to the dedication of a Kew science volunteer, pressed specimens of plants growing wild at Kew have been made available online to assist local biodiversity management.
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Soejatmi planting Soejatmia bamboo
1st March 2017

Soejatmi plants Soejatmia bamboo

Soejatmi Dransfield, Honorary Research Fellow in Kew's Herbarium, has planted the bamboo named after her in a ceremony at Singapore Botanic Gardens.
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Cylindropuntia imbricata
1st March 2017

PhD studentships available

Up to 35 fully funded PhD studentships are offered by the London NERC (Natural Environment Research Council) Doctoral Training Partnership, of which Kew is a named partner.
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Z. glabra
28th February 2017

Maximizing the phylogenetic diversity of seed banks

The phylogenetic diversity of the Millennium Seed Bank collections has been assessed using legumes as a model family.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Photo of Clavariadelphus truncatus
1st March 2017

Extinct fungus mystery solved

Kew mycologists discover that a fungus once thought to have become extinct in Britain and then thought to have been rediscovered has actually never been recorded in Britain.
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Palm leaf
1st March 2017

A plant family named for Kew

A new genus and plant family from southern Africa and Saint Helena is named for the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
Author Anonymous (not verified)

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