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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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    Explore Kew Science Find out more about the latest science and conservation work at Kew.
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    Google Impact Challenge Plant knowledge and technology combine to transform how mapping of disease-bearing mosquitoes is carried out.
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    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.

Kew Science News

MedPlant Summer School

Kew Scientists teach on the first MedPlant Summer School (Photo: Olwen Grace)
Thu, 2014-09-25 15:51

Two Kew scientists, Olwen Grace and Hassan Rankou, travelled to Morocco recently to teach at the first Summer School for MedPlant scholars (11-19 September 2014).

Fellowships of the Orchid Society of South East Asia (OSSEA)

Photo of the Gold Medal presented to Fellows of the Orchid Society of South East Asia
Tue, 2014-09-16 14:32

At the 21st World Orchid Conference (WOC) in Johannesburg (10–14 September 2014), Kew scientists Mark Chase and Alec Pridgeon were awarded Fellowships (and Gold Medals) of the Orchid Society of South East Asia (OSSEA). The awards were largely in recognition of their role in editing Genera Orchidacearum, of which Volume 6 covered many taxa that are well represented in South East Asia.

New mushrooms found in porcini packet

Photo of dried porcini
Tue, 2014-09-16 00:00

Kew mycologists Bryn Dentinger and Laura Martinez-Suz have discovered three species of mushrooms that are new to science in a commercial packet of dried Chinese porcini purchased from a shop in London.

High extinction risk to Madagascar palms

Endangered <em>Masoala kona<em> palm in a forest in Madagascar (image by W Baker)
Thu, 2014-09-04 15:03

A team of Kew scientists have assessed the extinction risk of the palm species of Madagascar using the latest Red List categories and criteria defined by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Their results, published in PLoS ONE, indicate that over 80% of the 195 palm species (of which 192 are endemic) are threatened. This proportion of threatened species exceeds all other plant groups in Madagascar for which comprehensive evaluations are available and it is nearly four times that estimated for plants globally.

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.

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UK Native Seed Hub

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

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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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