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
17 Jun 2013
Lucy Smith recently won second prize in the Margaret Flockton award for botanical illustration. Read about her work as a botanical illustrator at Kew.
10 Jun 2013
Letter and plans from Kew's Directors' Correspondence archive give a glimpse into the humble beginnings of one of botany's most revered institutions - Missouri Botanical Garden - and its founder Henry Shaw.
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Science & Conservation news
10 Jun 2013
Scientists at Kew Gardens have discovered compounds new to science in ordinary elderflower drinks.
22 May 2013
Kew has contributed to a groundbreaking report on the state of wildlife in the UK in time for International Day of Biological Diversity. It reveals that 60% of species studied have declined over recent decades.
10 May 2013
With a host of new pests and diseases attacking the United Kingdom’s native treescape, Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank is tackling the threat by establishing the country’s first national collection of tree seeds – the UK National Tree Seed Project.
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.