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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)
Solanum insanum
1st March 2017

Eggplant names cracked

Researchers untangle the names of spiny wild aubergines.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Pennisetum advena
1st March 2017

Updating classifications to reflect monophyly

The move from a 'traditional' to a 'phylogenetic; classification of grasses (Poaceae) has resulted in 10% of species having their scientific name changed.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Pseudowintera colorata
1st March 2017

Herbal medicine through an evolutionary lens

A phylogenetic study has shown that related plants are used traditionally in three disparate regions to treat similar medical conditions.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Rosa spinosissima
1st March 2017

Chemical clues to rosy relationships

Compounds discovered in a species of rose native to the UK may help to unravel the complex taxonomy of Rosa.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Pollia condensata fruits
1st March 2017

The most intense colour blue in the plant kingdom?

New research investigates structural colour in fruits and flowers.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Gagea calcicola
1st March 2017

Systematics and evolution of the Yellow Star of Bethlehem

The systematics and evolution of Gagea sensu lato in Iran has been the subject of four recent research papers.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Palm leaf
1st March 2017

Is our daily cup of coffee under threat?

A new study from Kew suggests that Arabica coffee could be extinct in the wild in 70 years.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
1st March 2017

Chalara dieback of ash - RBG Kew's response

Chalara dieback of ash, a fungal disease which threatens the species, is currently receiving much press attention in the UK. Tony Kirkham, Head of Kew's Arboretum, provides a synopsis of the disease and how Kew is responding.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Identifying Indigofera
1st March 2017

Interactive Indigofera identification

A mobile application is being developed to identify species of Indigofera in the field in Southern Africa.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Dypsis tokoravina in Madagascar
1st March 2017

Madagascar’s palms near extinction

Eighty-three percent of Madagascar's palms are threatened with extinction, putting the livelihoods of local people at risk, according to the latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
1st March 2017

UN Meeting on Biodiversity says action in support of biodiversity is urgently needed

As the UN Meeting on Biodiversity opens in Hyderabad, India, Kew joins representatives from over 170 countries to discuss a plan of action for protecting the planet’s biodiversity.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Washingtonia filifera
1st March 2017

Palm biogeography

Researchers are using statistical and phylogenetic methods to help understand the biogeography of palms.
Author Anonymous (not verified)

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