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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.
  • 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 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.

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

Kew Science News

Z. glabra
Maximizing the phylogenetic diversity of seed banks

The phylogenetic diversity of the Millennium Seed Bank collections has been assessed using legumes as a model family.

Photo of Clavariadelphus truncatus
Extinct fungus mystery solved

Kew mycologists discover that a fungus once thought to have become extinct in Britain and then thought to have been rediscovered has actually never been recorded in Britain.

Kewa bowkeriana
A plant family named for Kew

A new genus and plant family from southern Africa and Saint Helena is named for the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

The team working on the Red List assessments
Cameroon Red Data

Eighty seven Red List assessments of threatened plants from Cameroon completed in one week.

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.


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

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Fungi Kingdom

Discover the diversity and importance of fungi.

Amanita muscaria Fly Agaric
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Millennium Seed Bank

Find out more about our vital work saving seeds.

Visitors in the Millennium Seed Bank Exhibition

Research & data

Explore Kew's science teams, databases and publications.

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Species browser

Search Kew's detailed plant & fungi profiles.

Pink flower of the Madagascar periwinkle
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