Following the announcement of the universal plant DNA barcode late in 2009, scientists at Kew are testing the barcode to see if it can be used to identify plants reliably. If successful, this DNA technology will have wide-ranging applications in discoveri
Find out how the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership saved willowmore cedar (Widdringtonia schwarzii), an ancient giant plant which occurs in the Baviaanskloof and Kouga Mountains in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa.
Erica verticillata was last seen in the wild in 1908 and was, until 1984, thought to be extinct. It has since been found and re-established thanks to the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership.
Also known as the Marsh pagoda or Vleistompie, this species is difficult to collect.
The excitement could not be concealed when the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership collection team came across three Oldfieldia dactylophylla trees loaded with fruits.
This Dioscorea (yam) species is scarce because it has been over-collected for medicinal use. A newly discovered species of Dioscorea has now been collected and saved by the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership.
The seeds of a rare Aloe tree were collected in the Taita Hills of Kenya during a collaborative collecting mission involving the National Genebank of Kenya and the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership.
Efforts to find and conserve populations of Protea odorata date back to the early 1980's when four sites were identified.
The Millennium Seed Bank Partnership has conserved the endangered Australian grassland paper daisy (Leucochrysum albicans).
A once wide spread plant species, this geophyte, known only to be found in the Cape Peninsula of South Africa is on the verge of extinction in the wild.
Find out how snow protea (Protea cryophila) was lost and found thanks to the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership.
The Millennium Seed Bank Partnership has conserved the endangered Origanum syriacum, the most economic and edible wild plant in Lebanon.
A wild population of a long-lost species was discovered during a routine seed collecting trip in South Africa. This plant species had not been documented or collected since 1960.
Canopy giants and miniature fungi are among over 250 new species discovered in Kew’s 250th anniversary year
Against all expectations, seed scientists from Kew's Millennium Seed Bank at Wakehurst, germinated 200 year old seeds discovered in The National Archives. Some of these have now grown into healthy plants.
The discovery of a new palm genus has revealed that botanists have much still to learn about remote areas such as New Guinea.