Science and conservation
New MSc course at Kew Find out more about the new MSc in Plant and Fungal Taxonomy, Diversity and Conservation
Kew launches new Science Strategy Our new strategy sets out how we will use our world-class collections and scientific expertise to make a unique and valuable contribution to plant and fungal science.
Science blogs Find out more about the latest science and conservation work at Kew.
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.
Kew Science News
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.
Fungi research at Kew
Plants and fungi in focus
Turmeric (Curcuma longa)
Turmeric is the source of a bright yellow-orange culinary spice and dye and has important medicinal and cultural uses.
In the 13th century Marco Polo wrote of this spice, marvelling at a vegetable that exhibited qualities so similar to saffron. Familiar to the contemporary world as a prime component of curry powder, the orange-yellow rhizome's striking colour lent it a special aura in ancient India.
Turmeric can be seen growing in Kew’s Palm House.