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2011-01-06 00:01:44

Fellowship provides funds for US graduate or undergraduate students majoring in botany or horticulture to intern with scientists at the renowned Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK Fort Worth, TX (Vocus/PRWEB) January 05, 2011 The Botanical Research Institute of Texas announced today its Ian Leese Fellowship in Horticulture award. The Fellowship will be presented annually to a US citizen who is a graduate or undergraduate student in good standing majoring in botany or horticulture....

2010-12-30 06:00:00

Researchers from the US and UK unveiled a new online database of plant names on Wednesday in what they are calling an attempt to help global conservation, medicinal, and agricultural efforts. The Plant List, as it is known, is a collaborative effort by workers at London's Kew Gardens and the Missouri Botanical Garden, located in St. Louis. It is said to be the most comprehensive list of botanical life ever assembled, featuring the names of 1.25 million plants "ranging from essential food...

2010-12-20 07:40:00

One of the many new discoveries from Kew in the International Year of Biodiversity As the UN's International Year of Biodiversity draws to a close, scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew are celebrating the diversity of the planet's plant and fungal life by highlighting some of the weird, wonderful and stunning discoveries they've made this year from the rainforests of Cameroon to the UK's North Pennines. But it's not just about the new "“ in some cases species long thought to be...

2010-09-29 11:00:00

More than one-fifth of the world's plant population could face the threat of extinction, according to research released by British researchers and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) on Wednesday. The Sampled Red List Index for Plants, a study conducted by experts from Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; the Natural History Museum, London; and the IUCN, found that of the 4,000 species that they were able to carefully examine, 22-percent could be classified as threatened, due...

2010-09-22 09:20:12

Vital information about climate change could be contained in plants that were picked more than a century ago by Victorian-era collectors and are currently housed in herbariums worldwide, according to a new study published this week in the Journal of Ecology. In the study, researchers from the University of East Anglia (UEA), the University of Kent, the University of Sussex and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew looked at 77 specimens of the early spider orchid (Ophrys sphegodes), which had been...

2010-09-21 07:40:00

Experts in Britain and the United States are working to create an accurate record of the world's known plant species, and have so far reduced the global inventory by some 600,000 species. Many of the previously recorded species were duplicates, said the researchers, who expect the final number of species appearing on the official "ËœPlant List' to be closer to 400,000. The final list, due later this year, will not include ferns or algae, which account for about 10,000 and 30,000...

2010-05-19 10:57:11

A scientist based at the U.K.'s Royal Botanic Gardens has prevented the world's smallest waterlily from becoming extinct. Carlos Magdalena now has plans to repopulate the plant in its native home, the hot springs in Rwanda. The world's biggest species of waterlily can have pads that grow up to 10 ft.  However, the thermal lily is just about a third of an inch wide. The plant with tiny satin white flowers almost went extinct in the wild two years ago because of over-exploitation of its...

2010-02-01 17:48:04

Scientists from Kew's Millennium Seed Bank in the United Kingdom and the University of Graz, Austria, have developed a rapid, new method to diagnose seed quality non-invasively and in real time. The results are published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and have great significance for conservation ecology and agriculture. www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.0914197107 By using infrared temperature measurement, seed viability results are achieved in less than two...

2009-12-22 14:15:00

Canopy giants and miniature fungi among 250 new species discovered in Kew's 250th anniversary year Giant rainforest trees, rare and beautiful orchids, spectacular palms, minute fungi, wild coffees and an ancient aquatic plant are among more than 250 new plant and fungi species discovered and described by botanists from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in this, the botanical organization's 250th anniversary year. The new species come from a wide-range of fascinating locations including Brazil,...

2009-10-15 12:35:00

The Kew's Millennium Seed Bank has successfully collected 10 percent of the world's plants with 1.7 billion seeds being stored to date. The goal was met with the addition of seeds from a wild banana, the plant conservatory's 24,200th wild plant species. The Kew bank is the largest plant conservation project in the world. It is intended to save plants faced with the threat of extinction. The seed collective combines the efforts of more than 120 groups in 54 countries. The 10 percent goal was...

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