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Kew Science News

Palm leaf
9th October 2014

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
3rd October 2014

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
3rd October 2014

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
26th September 2014

Three new palm genera

Three recently discovered palm species from eastern Malesia have been assigned to three new genera. All are threatened.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Kew Scientists teach on the first MedPlant Summer School (Photo: Olwen Grace)
25th September 2014

MedPlant Summer School

Kew Scientists teach on the first MedPlant Summer School.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
25th September 2014

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
16th September 2014

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 Anonymous (not verified)
Photo of dried porcini
16th September 2014

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
4th September 2014

High extinction risk to Madagascar palms

New Red List conservation assessments highlight the threats to the endemic palms of Madagascar.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Rainforest - tall tree
15th August 2014

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
31st July 2014

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
9th June 2014

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
29th May 2014

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
23rd May 2014

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
2nd May 2014

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
30th April 2014

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
14th April 2014

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
19th March 2014

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)
4th February 2014

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)
11th December 2013

eMonocot – a web taxonomic resource for plants of new scale and depth

Scientists at Kew, the Natural History Museum and Oxford University have produced the most ambitious e-taxonomic portal ever built for plants, delivering baseline information for all 70,000 monocotyledons (20% of all flowering plants).
Author Anonymous (not verified)