Kew's science and conservation around the world
Kew's science and conservation work is making a huge difference in the UK and around the world. Plants provide the air we breathe, clean water and we all rely on plants for food. Explore our global map and discover more about Kew's work through our amazing stories.
Explore the map above and find out about...
- the new discoveries Kew's science teams have made across plant science and mycology, with hundreds of new species being discovered each year
- how Kew's Millennium Seed Bank partnership is driving vital global conservation work. Kew's work is helping to save plants and habitats at risk around the world, combat climate change and safeguard plants for use in the future
- how our innovative research into the use of plants is helping communities world wide and highlighting new potential for plants
- how our global network of partnerships is helping us share our knowledge and expertise worldwide and take action to save plants and habitats.
Latest blog posts
11 Feb 2014
Rebecca Upson from Kew’s UK Overseas Territories team is investigating the impacts of climate change on plant distributions in the Falkland Islands. Here she provides an insight into the vital first stage of the project.
10 Feb 2014
Elinor Breman, Species Collections Support Officer at Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank (MSB), reports on a training workshop in Vietnam that brought partners from across Asia together to learn about collecting, handling and banking the seeds of their crop wild relatives.
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Science & Conservation news
14 Jan 2014
In November and December 2013 we invited members of our 'Your Kew' and 'Natural Neighbourhood' Flickr groups to take part in our 'Winter trees' photo challenge. International Garden Photographer of the Year Director Philip Smith selects his favourites.
30 Sep 2013
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) releases its 5th Assessment Report today.
22 Jul 2013
Global efforts to adapt staple foods like rice, wheat and potato to climate change have been given a major boost today as new research shows the whereabouts of their wild cousins. These wild relations could offer beneficial qualities to help major crops become more productive and resilient in the face of future climates and new threats.
08 Nov 2012
A new study from Kew suggests that Arabica coffee could be extinct in the wild within 70 years.
18 May 2010
Kew’s top propagation ‘code-breaker’, horticulturist Carlos Magdalena, has cracked the enigma of growing a rare species of African waterlily. The 'thermal’ lily (Nymphaea thermarum) is believed to be the smallest waterlily in the world, with pads that can be as little as 1 cm in diameter.
14 Sep 2011
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew announced today that Director (CEO and Chief Scientist), Professor Stephen Hopper FLS will step down in autumn 2012 after six years in the job.