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    Strategic Outputs Kew's Science Strategy sets out nine strategic outputs to be achieved by 2020.
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    Science Departments Kew's Science Directorate comprises six scientific research departments and two support departments.
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    State of the World’s Plants report Kew has launched a ground-breaking new report highlighting the global status of plants.

Kew is a global resource for plant and fungal knowledge. We have one of the largest and most diverse collections of plant and fungal specimens (living and preserved) in the world. 

Our unique combination of extensive collections, databases, scientific expertise and global partnerships gives us a leading role in facilitating access to fundamental plant and fungal information. The core purpose of our science stems from a simple but often overlooked truth: all our lives depend on plants.
Download our Science Strategy to find out how we intend to make an invaluable contribution to some of the biggest issues facing the global population.

Kew Science News

New species discovered by Kew scientist is named to honour Colombian President
A new plant species from northeastern Colombia has been named Espeletia praesidentis, in honour of efforts made by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos to build peace in his country after over five decades of conflict.
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Kew supports Mexico in race against time to protect incredible biodiversity
Representatives from Kew have just signed a new agreement to help safeguard Mexico's incredible biodiversity. Their visit to Mexico coincides with the 13th Meeting of the CBD Conference of Parties (COP13) taking place from 2–17 December in Cancun, Mexico.
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Kew–Colombia partnership set to help identify, protect and promote plant biodiversity
The Colombian Government’s scientific body, Colciencias, and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew have signed a Statement of Intent that will forge close links between Kew and this richly biodiverse country.
Toyota supports Kew's vital research into threatened plant species
A new Plant Assessment Unit at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew secures Toyota global funding through the International Union for Conservation of Nature

Phil Stevenson: Sex & Drugs and Pest Control (TEDx Wandsworth)

Phil Stevenson, Senior Research Leader in Chemical Ecology, Natural Capital & Plant Health, recently gave a short talk for TEDx Wandsworth (an independently organised TED talk) entitled Sex & Drugs and Pest Control.

UK Native Seed Hub

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

Adopt a seed

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

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Fungi Kingdom

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Discover the diversity and importance of fungi.

Millennium Seed Bank

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Find out more about our vital work saving seeds.

People & data

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Kew's science teams, databases and publications.

Species browser

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Explore Kew's plant & fungi profiles.