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Solanum insanum
26th March 2013

Eggplant names cracked

Researchers untangle the names of spiny wild aubergines.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Pennisetum advena
7th March 2013

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
5th March 2013

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
14th February 2013

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
11th December 2012

The most intense colour blue in the plant kingdom?

New research investigates structural colour in fruits and flowers.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
Gagea calcicola
29th November 2012

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
8th November 2012

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)
5th November 2012

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 November 2012

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
17th October 2012

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)
10th October 2012

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
25th September 2012

Palm biogeography

Researchers are using statistical and phylogenetic methods to help understand the biogeography of palms.
Author Anonymous (not verified)
22nd February 2012

‘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)
22nd November 2011

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)
21st November 2011

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)
14th November 2011

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)
7th November 2011

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.
12th May 2011

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
7th December 2010

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)
Dried specimen of Caliphruria tenera
26th October 2010

Nature’s backbone at risk

The most comprehensive assessment of the world’s vertebrates confirms an extinction crisis with one-fifth of species threatened. A recent study by Kew and partners has further revealed that that one fifth of plant species are also at risk - includin

Author Anonymous (not verified)