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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)
1st March 2017

‘Polyunsaturates’ not good for booklice

Research at Kew is investigating ways to protect library, museum and herbarium collections from damage caused by booklice.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
1st March 2017

First call for MSBP-BGCI Fieldwork Fund

The Millennium Seed Bank Partnership (MSBP) and Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) are delighted to announce the first call for the MSBP-BGCI Fieldwork Fund.

Author dc07kg
1st March 2017

World's first night-flowering orchid is discovered

Botanists from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the Netherlands Centre for Biodiversity Naturalis have described the first night-flowering orchid known to science on the island of New Britain, near New Guinea.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
1st March 2017

Botanical survey doubles the known flora of Lunda Norte, Angola

A rapid survey of three river catchments in a remote area of Angola has provided reasons for their designation under the Angolan Protected Areas Expansion Strategy.

Author Anonymous (not verified)
1st March 2017

Plant remains tell a two thousand year story of landscape change

Archaeological plant remains from an environmentally degraded valley in the deserts of southern Peru reveal the rise and fall of agricultural production.

Author Anonymous (not verified)
1st March 2017

Palms as a model for rainforest evolution

The first complete genus-level dated phylogeny of palms reveals insights into the evolution of rainforests.

Author Anonymous (not verified)
Epidendrum montserratense in vitro seedling.
1st March 2017

Conserving orchids endemic to islands

Conservation Biotechnology at Kew is developing methods for the laboratory propagation of island-endemic orchids – species often under threat.

Author Anonymous (not verified)
Detail of a type specimen of Dalbergia andapensis
1st March 2017

35,000 new plant species ‘sitting in cupboards’

A new study led by Oxford University and involving Kew has revealed that of the estimated 70,000 species of flowering plants yet to be described by scientists, more than half may already have been collected but are lying unknown and unrecognised in collec

Author Anonymous (not verified)

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