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Kill or cure? The perils of nineteenth century medicine

by: Helen Hartley, Library, Art and Archives blog
08 Jul 2011

The death of the botanist Henry Trimen in 1896 was said to have 'baffled' his physicians, but evidence uncovered in Kew's Directors' Correspondence archive suggests his doctors may have killed him – accidentally of course!

A 'Difficult' Seeds workshop Burkina Faso

Kew's 'Difficult' Seeds Project

We have just launched brand new webpages for Kew's ‘Difficult’ Seeds Project, which supports crop gene banks and farmers in the conservation of plants used for food and agriculture in Africa. The webpages contain information about the project and 160 profile pages for species that have been identified as being difficult to handle, store or use.

Kew's Millennium Seed Bank

Kew's Millennium Seed Bank - Fascinating facts

Discover more about the Millennium Seed Bank building and the inspiration behind it.

Detail of a spider orchid (Ophrys sphegodes).

Ecologists find new clues on climate change in 150 year-old pressed plants.

Plants picked up to 150 years ago by Victorian collectors and held by the million in herbarium collections across the world could become a powerful – and much needed – new source of data for studying climate change, according to research published this week in the British Ecological Society's Journal of Ecology.

Resilience vs Risk - how nature recovers after disturbance

by: Denise Deluca, Business Inspired by Nature blog
21 Sep 2010

Unlike the business world, nature has no ability to predict future events, but instead uses 'resilience' as its strategy for recovery after disturbance. Inherent within this are creativity and innovation which bring wider benefits. In these transformational times of volatile change, businesses can improve their ability to thrive (not just survive) by focusing on their resilience.

Discover the new Library, Art & Archives Reading Room

by: David Iggulden, Library, Art and Archives blog
17 Aug 2010

Read about the new Library, Art & Archives Reading Room and how it has transformed services for staff and visitors.

An example of a plant identification test

Kew Diploma in Horticulture - course details

The Kew Diploma is recognised as an advanced educational programme with parity to QCF level 6 (Bachelors Degree)


Higher education study visits to Kew Gardens

Kew staff organise study visits for undergraduate and postgraduate students, whose studies relate to the work of the science teams or to the behind-the-scenes plant collections.

Ornamental onions (Allium sp.) at Kew

Establishing a common classification with APG III

The Angiosperm Phylogeny Group (APG) is an international group of botanists that aims to establish a common view on the classification of flowering plants, based mainly upon evidence gained from analyses of plant DNA sequences. The first APG classification was published in a ground-breaking paper in 1998. Since then the classification has been refined through two further updates.

A world view of plant diversity, overlaid in Google Earth

Kew’s GIS Unit releases interactive global map of plant family and genera data

The new map uses the latest in mapping technology to reveal more about the diversity of the world's plant life.

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