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    New MSc course at Kew Find out more about the new MSc in Plant and Fungal Taxonomy, Diversity and Conservation
  • Photo of a man wearing a wristband
    Google Impact Challenge Plant knowledge and technology combine to transform how mapping of disease-bearing mosquitoes is carried out.
  • Flowering plants of Plectranthus barbatus
    What's in a name? New version of The Plant List released
  • Guests at an evening drinks reception at the Millennium Seed Bank
    Millennium Seed Bank Partnership Safeguarding 25% of the world's wild plant species by 2020

Kew is a global resource for plant knowledge. Our scientific expertise is focused on plant and fungi identification and naming, comparative plant and fungal biology, plant and fungi conservation and health, plus determination of ecosystem services provided by plants and fungi.

All our work contributes essential knowledge addressing the global challenges of biodiversity loss, food security, poverty, disease and the changing climate.

Beyond the Gardens: The Future of Taxonomy

Taxonomy unlocks our knowledge of the living world. Find out how Kew and its partners at the Natural History Museum, London and the University of Oxford are starting a taxonomic revolution and unlocking biodiversity data for all.

Beyond the Gardens: The Future of Taxonomy

Adopt a seed

Help Kew's Millennium Seed Bank protect the future of the world's plants by adopting a seed for as little as £25.

Dimorphotheca nudicaulis seeds

Why People Need Plants

A compelling book from Kew Publishing that explores the crucial role that plants play in the everyday lives of all of us.

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Tea towel and bag with designs by Holly Francesca.

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Enjoy a framed picture in your own home with a botanical print.

Rachel Pedder-Smith's Herbarium Specimen painting