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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.
  • Science and Conservation - Millennium Seed Bank Partnership
    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.

Kew Science blog

Read the Kew Science blog for an insight into Kew's latest scientific research.

Kew Science News

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.

Cylindropuntia imbricata
PhD studentships available

Up to 35 fully funded PhD studentships are offered by the London NERC (Natural Environment Research Council) Doctoral Training Partnership, of which Kew is a named partner.

Z. glabra
Maximizing the phylogenetic diversity of seed banks

The phylogenetic diversity of the Millennium Seed Bank collections has been assessed using legumes as a model family.

Photo of Clavariadelphus truncatus
Extinct fungus mystery solved

Kew mycologists discover that a fungus once thought to have become extinct in Britain and then thought to have been rediscovered has actually never been recorded in Britain.

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

Fly agaric (Amanita muscaria)

One of the most iconic and distinctive of British fungi, fly agaric, with its red cap and white spots, is renowned for its toxicity and hallucinogenic properties.

Amanita muscaria in a wooded area

Fruiting bodies of fly agaric can often be seen at Kew between September and November.

More about fly agaric

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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Millennium Seed Bank

Find out more about our vital work saving seeds

Visitors in the Millennium Seed Bank Exhibition

Research & data

Explore Kew's science teams, databases and publications.

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