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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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Extinction risk to cacti highlighted by new report
Kew scientists have contributed to a global assessment of cacti, published today in the new journal Nature Plants.
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Conservation awards presented to Kew researchers
Three Kew researchers have been honoured with prestigious awards at a gathering of the world’s leading conservation biologists.
New Kew Internship Opportunity on TIPAs Project
An exciting new opportunity has arisen to join the Kew team working on Tropical Important Plant Areas
Xanthoria elegans
Lichens benefit from sunscreen
New research reveals that by developing natural sunscreen, a major group of lichens was able to colonise sun-exposed rocky habitats, leading to an ‘evolutionary radiation’.

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.