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    New MSc course at Kew Find out more about the new MSc in Plant and Fungal Taxonomy, Diversity and Conservation
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    Science blogs Find out more about the latest science and conservation work at Kew.
  • Science and Conservation - Millennium Seed Bank Partnership
    Millennium Seed Bank Partnership Safeguarding 25% of the world's wild plant species by 2020

Kew is a global resource for plant and fungal 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 to addressing the global challenges of biodiversity loss, food security, poverty, disease and the changing climate.

Kew Science blog

Read the Kew Science blog for an insight into Kew's latest scientific research.

Kew Science News

Trolleys containing green boxes.
A pilot for discovering plant diversity
Kew and the Natural History Museum are working together on large scale digitisation of their plant collections #digitalherbarium #Kew #NHM
Delegates at UPP workshop
Useful Plants Project – workshop held at Kew
Following seven years of activities to conserve plants and support livelihoods, a workshop was held at Kew to evaluate the achievements of Project MGU – the Useful Plants Project.
Mycorrhizas in forest monitoring
Mycorrhizas in forest monitoring
Mycologists call for large-scale monitoring of ectomycorrhizal fungi to better indicate the condition of forest ecosystems.
Aextoxicon punctatum
Botanists ensure safety of South American tree
Botanists are celebrating after an important tree seed, collected on a dangerous expedition to South America, has begun to flower at Wakehurst Place, in Sussex.

Kew magazine wins at the GMG Awards

Kew magazine won the Environmental Award  at the GMG Awards at The Savoy in London (26 November). The award was for a piece by Stephanie Pain called 'Saving for the Future' on the UK National Tree Seed Project, which appeared in the spring issue. 

Download 'Saving for the Future'


Beyond the Gardens: The Forgotten Home of Coffee

This award-winning film shows how scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, are collaborating with scientists in Ethiopia (Arabica coffee originated from here) to understand how climate change is affecting wild Arabica coffee plants.


Plants & fungi in focus

Pineapple (Ananas comosus)

Pineapple is the world’s third most important cultivated tropical fruit after bananas and citrus. It is an excellent source of vitamins A and C and potassium.

Ananas comosus (pineapple) fruit & leaves

Pineapple can be seen growing at the northern end of Kew’s Princess of Wales Conservatory, in the moist tropics zone.

More about pineapple

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

UK Native Seed Hub

Kew can provide seeds and support services for conservation and habitat restoration organisations.

Photo of bee on Succisa pratensis flower

'Plants: From Roots to Riches' Book

Based on the Radio 4 series. Kathy Willis and Carolyn Fry take us from the birth of botany right through to modern day plant science.

Plants: From Roots to Riches, a landmark Radio 4 series

More from Kew

Fungi Kingdom

Discover the diversity and importance of fungi.

Amanita muscaria Fly Agaric

Millennium Seed Bank

Find out more about our vital work saving seeds.

Photo of Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank

Research & data

Kew's science teams, databases and publications.

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Species browser

Explore Kew's plant & fungi profiles.

Photo of Capsicum annuum fruits