Kew's work with plants and fungi
Find out about the plants and fungi Kew works with, both in the field on expedition and behind-the-scenes in the laboratories.
Scientists and botanists working at Kew can make hundreds of discoveries of new plants and fungi each year. These include those seen in the images below.
Kew's botanists and scientists are carrying out research into many plants and fungi.
This research furthers our understanding of the species so we can help conserve them - whether they be rare, useful or simply beautiful.
Latest from Kew blogs
03 Jun 2013
The southeast Asian plant Durian has been called the King of Fruits but, like Marmite, it sharply divides opinion between those who love the incredible taste of its custard-like pulp and those who are revolted by its putrid smell.
03 Jun 2013
How would you like to work in the world’s biodiversity hot spot? If so an exciting opportunity to join the team here at the Millennium Seed Bank is now available!
Making the news
Kew is often in the news - for discovering species or saving them from extinction, and for attracting crowds to the Gardens owing to unusual or stunning flowering displays.
Thousands of plants and fungi species are presently at risk of extinction.
Teams at Kew are working to save these species for future generations before they are lost for good through expeditions, banking seeds and work behind-the-scenes on site at Kew Gardens.
Can you imagine a world without plants? Watch the video to learn how the Millennium Seed Bank is preventing that from happening.
Kew's great plant hunters
Charles Darwin, Francis Masson and Joseph Banks are just three of the great plant hunters who collected for Kew.
Plant hunters are not only keen and knowledgeable botanists with adventure in their hearts; they think nothing of going the extra hundred miles to seek out the most unusual and beautiful plants.
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