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Kew Science News

1st March 2017

Historical biogeography of Tecophilaeaceae

The complex history of the family Tecophilaeaceae has been revealed by molecular methods.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
1st March 2017

Jubilee waxcap

Kew mycologists discover two new species of waxcap mushroom, one named to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Toad stool: Boletus immutatus is one of the fungi now on the official British Red List (Image: M. Ainsworth)
1st March 2017

The first official Red Data List for British fungi

Kew mycologists collaborate on the first official fungal Red Data List for Great Britain.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Palm leaf
1st March 2017

Applying Kew’s science in the Amazon

A new research facility opens to support biodiversity restoration in the southern Amazon ‘arc of deforestation’.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
1st March 2017

International workshop on plant conservation on Mediterranean islands

Reports from an international workshop on plant conservation on Mediterranean islands are now available.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Taxus baccata
1st March 2017

Analysis of yew wood

Kew scientists investigate the occurrence of alkaloids in the heartwood of Taxus baccata (European yew).
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Tephrosia vogelii
1st March 2017

Growing the wrong Tephrosia

A plant used by farmers in Africa to control pest insects occurs in two varieties. Only one is effective, and many farmers are growing the wrong type.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
The herbarium includes this fungi specimen collected by Darwin from Tierra Del Fuego.
1st March 2017

Revolutionising the Fungarium - a genomic treasure trove?

A DNA sequencing breakthrough has used samples from Kew's Fungarium to show that genetic information can be accessed from even very old samples, holding out the promise of significant discoveries which may have profound impacts on all our lives.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Nettles belonging to the genus Elatostema growing in Yangzi cave, China (Image: A. Monro)
1st March 2017

Kew discovers new nettle species in caves

Scientists from China and Kew Gardens have discovered 10 new species of nettle in the caves and gorges of southwestern China.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Sambucus nigra inflorescence
1st March 2017

Elderflower surprise

Scientists at Kew Gardens have discovered compounds new to science in ordinary elderflower drinks.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Howea belmoreana and H. forsteriana have evolved into separate species while growing together on Lord Howe Island (Image: W. Baker)
1st March 2017

Speciation systems on Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island provides evidence in plants for the 'syngameon hypothesis' of adaptive evolution.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Photo of Galanthus nivalis capsules
28th February 2017

A new typology of seed development in late winter-flowering temperate woodland plants

Research at the Millennium Seed Bank (RBG Kew) and the University of Reading has identified a new typology of seed development.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
A pine cone growing on Pinus sylvestris, scots pine, at Kew
1st March 2017

Study finds sixty percent of UK species in decline

Kew has contributed to a groundbreaking report on the state of wildlife in the UK in time for International Day of Biological Diversity. It reveals that 60% of species studied have declined over recent decades.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Hamster digging for seed in gravel
1st March 2017

What are hard seeds for?

A new hypothesis has been proposed on why some seeds are hard.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Bee on coffee flower
1st March 2017

Caffeine enhances bee memory

Caffeine in the nectar of coffee and citrus flowers manipulates the memory of pollinating bees.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Fraxinus excelsior (European ash) in Germany
1st March 2017

New initiative from Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank to protect UK trees takes root

With new pests and diseases attacking the United Kingdom's native treescape, Kew' Millennium Seed Bank is tackling the threat by establishing the country's first national collection of tree seeds - the UK National Tree Seed Project.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Anemone pulsatilla
1st March 2017

Pasqueflower restoration

Understanding the regeneration and pollination requirements for Anemone pulsatilla in the UK.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
181 seed collections fro Extramadura
1st March 2017

100 endangered plant species from the Extremadura region of Spain are now safeguarded for future generations

The Millennium Seed Bank has received a donation of 181 seed accessions, representing nearly 100 endangered plant species, from the Research Centre 'La Orden-Valdesequera' of the Regional Government of Extremadura (Spain).
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Oncidium fuscatum
1st March 2017

Orchid community agree name changes in Oncidium

A substantial rearrangement of generic boundaries in the widely cultivated Oncidium group of orchids has been agreed by the orchid community.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Bismarkia nobilis
1st March 2017

Framework for palm biogeography

Researchers establish a hypothesis for the evolution of palms in time and space.
Author Anonymous (not verified)

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