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

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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Kew supports Mexico in race against time to protect incredible biodiversity
02-Dec-2016
Representatives from Kew sign 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
02-Nov-2016
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
11-Oct-2016
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

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.

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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.