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Kew Science News

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.
Author et02kg
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)
Palm leaf
1st March 2017

Cameroon Red Data

Eighty seven Red List assessments of threatened plants from Cameroon completed in one week.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Prof. Kathy Willis signing the Memorandum of Collaboration witnessed by Dr Jean-Michel Onana
28th February 2017

Kew-Cameroon science link strengthened

A five-year extension of the Memorandum of Collaboration between Cameroon and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is agreed.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Palm leaf
1st March 2017

Three new palm genera

Three recently discovered palm species from eastern Malesia have been assigned to three new genera. All are threatened.
Author dc07kg
Kew Scientists teach on the first MedPlant Summer School (Photo: Olwen Grace)
28th February 2017

MedPlant Summer School

Kew Scientists teach on the first MedPlant Summer School.
Author dc07kg
16th March 2017

Kew Mutual Improvement Society

The Kew Mutual Improvement Society was established in 1871 under the auspices of Joseph Dalton Hooker. The Society programmes a season of horticultural lectures for the benefit of student gardeners at Kew.
Author dc07kg
Palm leaf
1st March 2017

Fellowships of the Orchid Society of South East Asia (OSSEA)

Kew scientists Mark Chase and Alec Pridgeon have been awarded the Fellowship of the Orchid Society of South East Asia.
Author et02kg
Photo of dried porcini
1st March 2017

New mushrooms found in porcini packet

DNA sequencing of mushrooms in a shop-bought packet of porcini results in the description of three species new to science.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Palm leaf
1st March 2017

High extinction risk to Madagascar palms

New Red List conservation assessments highlight the threats to the endemic palms of Madagascar.
Author dc07kg
Rainforest - tall tree
28th February 2017

Is temperature a better predictor of plant traits than precipitation?

A new study shows that plant characteristics are more strongly correlated with mean annual temperature than with mean annual precipitation.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Google Impact Challenge Logo
28th February 2017

Kew announced as a winner in the Google Impact Challenge

A project that sets out to transform how mapping of disease-bearing mosquitoes is carried out has been announced as a winner in the Google Impact Challenge.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Image of Iberis saxatilis and the structure of one of the large flavonoid glycosides
1st March 2017

Unusually large flavonoids found in a candytuft

Kew scientists have discovered some of the largest known flavonoid glycosides in a species of Iberis growing in Kew’s rock garden.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
They were brought to the Gardens by Joseph Hooker the son of Kew's first Director, William Jackson Hooker
1st March 2017

Bumblebees feed on nectar containing toxins

Research shows that the concentration of plant toxins in nectar is too low to deter bumblebees
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Photo of a forested hillside in New Caledonia
28th February 2017

New Caledonian radiations

Recent phylogenetic studies help to understand the origins and evolution of the distinctive flora of New Caledonia.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Photo of Santalum yasi
28th February 2017

Partnership for conservation in the Pacific region

RBG Kew and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community sign an agreement to conduct joint plant conservation activities in the Pacific region.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Photo of farmed hillside
1st March 2017

Sustainable agriculture for forest conservation

Kew is involved in new projects to promote tree-based systems as alternatives to ‘slash and burn’ agriculture to reduce the pressure on tropical forests.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Photo of Tulipa saxatilis
28th February 2017

Tiptoeing through the tulips

The confused taxonomy and classification of tulips is clarified in a recent study.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Photo of Finn Michalak collecting seeds in New Zealand
1st March 2017

Seed collecting programme starts in New Zealand

A seed collecting expedition in Titahi Bay, New Zealand, marks the beginning of an extensive collecting programme that the New Zealand Indigenous Flora Seed Bank Group will conduct in partnership with RBG Kew.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
1st March 2017

The world’s most valuable bank: what is nature worth?

The World's Most Valuable Bank - What is Nature Worth was a Kew Patrons event that took place in November 2013. The panel discussed the economic value of our planet's natural resources, and questioned what price we can put on nature
Author Anonymous (not verified)

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