The World of Kew
By (author) Carolyn Fry
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World of Kew by Carolyn Fry
Book DescriptionWithout plants, there would be no life on earth. Kew Gardens is famous for its breathtaking displays of flowers and tree,s but this World Heritage Site is also a globally important scientific and historical organization. Scientists and gardeners use the plants and knowledge that have been collected at Kew since the eighteenth century to advance understanding of the earth's environment and of how plant lfe can be used for human benefit. Published to accompany the ten-part BBC2 series A New Year at Kew, this fascinating book takes us behind the scenes to show the extraordinary range of work carried out at Kew Gardens and Wakehurst Place - home to the Millenium Seed Bank - and by Kew staff overseas. From using forensic botant to micropagating plants facing extinction, from investigating herbal cures from Alzheimer's disease to replanting the volcano-ravaged island of Montserrat, the book shows us aspects of Kew's work that are largely hidden from view abut the benefits of which are far reachingl In the process it provides an absorbing and accessible introduction to such topical subjects as biodiversity, practical conservation and economic botany. Lavishly illustrated and filled with engrossing stories and engaging characters, this book brings to life the world of Kew and the global importance of its work.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780563493785
(254mm x 200mm x 21mm)
Imprint: BBC Books
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Publish Date: 26-Oct-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Carolyn Fry
Seeds, Hardback (April 2016)
At a time when the world faces pressures from climate change and biodiversity loss, seeds have never been more important. Here, we see how seed-bearing plants evolved, and unravel the science behind the seed. It also shows how scientists are working around the world to gather and bank seeds to save rare and valuable varieties from extinction.
Plants: From Roots to Riches, Paperback (May 2015)
Tie-in to the landmark 25-part BBC Radio 4 series with Kew Gardens.
Kew's Global Kitchen Cookbook, Paperback (September 2013)
Kew's Global Kitchen Cookbook is a visual celebration of the amazing variety of edible plants and how we can use them. Includes 101 recipes featuring plants from around the world, with a further section on the herbs of Europe and the Mediterranean and spices from the East.
Plant Hunters, Hardback (May 2012)» View all books by Carolyn Fry
Tells the story of our fascination with plants and the discovery of new species. From ancient times, when Alexander the Great included naturalists in his entourage, this title moves across the world, as plants such as coconut trees, roses and numerous fruits and vegetables were introduced from one country to another.
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Author Biography - Carolyn Fry
Carolyn Fry is a writer and journalist specializing in science, conservation, natural history and adventure travel. A former editor of Geographical, the magazine of the Royal Geographical Society, she is a contributor to Kew magazine, BBC Wildlife, BBC History, BBC Online, The Times, Sunday Telegraph, Independent on Sunday, Guardian Online and New Scientist. Under Carolyn's editorship, Geographical won the British Environment and Media Award for Best Environmental Coverage in a Consumer Magazine. Carolyn also wrote a series of essays to accompany Colin Prior's photographs in the book Living Tribes. She is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
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