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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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    Science blogs Find out more about the latest science and conservation work at Kew.
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    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.

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Kew Science News

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Botanists ensure safety of South American tree

Botanists are celebrating after an important tree seed, collected on a dangerous expedition to South America, has begun to flower at Wakehurst Place, in Sussex.

Wolfson Wing of Jodrell Laboratory
PhD studentships in ‘Science & Solutions for a Changing Planet’

Applications are now open for fully-funded PhD studentships in the Imperial College NERC (Natural Environment Research Council) Doctoral Training Partnership, of which Kew is a named partner.

Bluebell wood at Kew
Digitising Kew's weeds

Due to the dedication of a Kew science volunteer, pressed specimens of plants growing wild at Kew have been made available online to assist local biodiversity management.

Soejatmi planting Soejatmia bamboo
Soejatmi plants Soejatmia bamboo

Soejatmi Dransfield, Honorary Research Fellow in Kew's Herbarium, has planted the bamboo named after her in a ceremony at Singapore Botanic Gardens.

Kew magazine wins at the GMG Awards

Kew magazine won the Environmental Award  at the GMG Awards at The Savoy in London (26 November). The award was for a piece by Stephanie Pain called 'Saving for the Future' on the UK National Tree Seed Project, which appeared in the spring issue. 

Download 'Saving for the Future'


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.


Plants & fungi in focus

Mistletoe (Viscum album)

One of the most well-known evergreens, mistletoe has inspired fascination throughout history, and is held in esteem for its medicinal and perceived magical properties.

Forked stems and white berries of mistletoe

In the UK, mistletoe grows most commonly on apple trees, lime and poplar, but also on blackthorn, hawthorn, rowan and willow.

More about mistletoe

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

More from Kew

Fungi Kingdom

Discover the diversity and importance of fungi.

Amanita muscaria Fly Agaric
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