Thank you, Ensermu and Mesfin, for this alert. I have just signed the petition and added this comment:

" Every time I come to the UK, I make a point of visiting RBG Kew and bringing relatives and friends with me. For me, it  is a great haven in the London metropolis and one of the Wonders of the world.  Let me give you a small example of Kew's value as a global scientific and natural resource. Here in New Jersey, I am actively using Kew's ditigised herbarium collections as I mentor a inner-city high school student from Liberia on her science project about medicinal plants in Africa and North America.  Please restore RBG Kew's funding!"

Karen (with apologies for cross-posting)

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On Mon, Apr 14, 2014 at 3:00 PM, <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

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Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:55:11 +0000
Subject: [HERBARIA] FW: Globally important ....


From: Ensermu Kelbessa [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Saturday, April 12, 2014 4:29 AM



I just signed the petition "Globally important conservation and science under threat at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew due to UK Government cuts - £5M deficit will lead to loss of over 120 posts" on

It's important. Will you sign it too? Here's the link:




Ensermu Kelbessa (Prof)
Professor of Systematic Botany
Chairman, Department of Plant Biology and Biodiversity Management
College of Natural Sciences
Addis Ababa University
P.O. Box 3434
Tel: +251 (0)911-249379 (Mobile); +251-(0)111-236760 (Office)
Addis Ababa

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