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Kew's mission is to inspire and deliver science-based plant conservation worldwide, enhancing the quality of life. From this page you can find a range of specialist information on Kew's scientific research, data and resources.

Science departments

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Find out more about Kew's science and conservation work and the people behind the scenes, who make it all happen.

Science departments



Science Staff

Science staff

Kew employs approximately 250 scientists, and also hosts over 40 PhD students and 88 Honorary Research Fellows and Associates. Here you can read about the individual research interests and activities of Kew scientists and see some of their recent scientific outputs.

Science staff


Legumes of the World

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Legumes of the World Online (LOWO) is a one-stop-shop for legume information. 

Using the publication Legumes of the World as a generic backbone, even more legume data sets have been added online, providing a global legume information resource with newly published legume science. 

Find out about LOWO

Resources and databases

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Search for information in Kew's databases, publications and resources, including collections, plant names, world checklists, Kew Scientist and other scientific journals.

List of Kew's databases

List of Kew's publications

Discover Kew's collections



Kew scientists undertake internally and externally funded project work ranging in scale from small research projects to work programmes delivered through large-scale European and global consortia. These project pages profile our current and completed projects.

Science and conservation projects

Check a plant name

Spring flowers March 2013

The Plant List is a working list of all known plant species and aims to be comprehensive for species of vascular plant and of bryophytes.

Search a specific genus or browse the list.

The Plant List

More from Kew

Fungi Kingdom

Discover the diversity and importance of fungi.

Amanita muscaria Fly Agaric

Millennium Seed Bank

Find out more about our vital work saving seeds.

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People & data

Kew's science teams, databases and publications.

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Species browser

Explore Kew's plant & fungi profiles.

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