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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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    MSc course at Kew Find out more about Kew's MSc in Plant and Fungal Taxonomy, Diversity and Conservation

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew: A Global Resource  for Plant and Fungal  Knowledge Science Strategy 2015-2020

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

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Save the Date! State of the World's Plants Symposium
In May 2016, Kew will launch a groundbreaking new report on the State of the World’s Plants, as part of an international science and policy symposium. Join us as we take stock of the world’s plant diversity and current research and trends.
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Prof Kathy Willis on BBC Radio 4
Director of Science Prof Kathy Willis discusses the future of biodiversity with presenter Jim Al-Khalili in The Life Scientific, broadcast this morning on BBC Radio 4.
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Symposium on crop diversity and climate change
On 23 November 2015 Kew will host a symposium on crop diversity and climate change.
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Kew Publishing success at Royal Society of Biology Book Awards
We are delighted to announce that two Kew Publishing titles have won prizes at the Royal Society of Biology 2015 Book Awards.

Seed collecting in Chile’s Atacama Desert – the driest place on Earth

The Blooming Desert

Adopt a seed

Dimorphotheca nudicaulis seeds

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

UK Native Seed Hub

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

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Fungi Kingdom

Amanita muscaria Fly Agaric

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.