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Authentication of plants and fungi

Kew uses its unique expertise in plant and fungal identification to provide a range of authentication services.

Over the last 250 years Kew has developed substantial global plant information. Kew’s collections and databases include:

  • over seven million plant specimens in the Herbarium
  • over 1.4 million specimens in the Fungarium
  • the largest DNA bank of wild plants
  • the largest seed bank
  • chemical profiles of plants
  • collection of drugs used in traditional Chinese medicine
  • verified wood samples
  • micro-morphology slide collection
  • plant name services

Recent clients have included:

  • Boots
  • Metropolitan Police
  • Procter & Gamble
  • UK Revenue and Customs


For more information contact us at:

Tel: 020 8332 5391/3747