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Kew’s scientific vision is to document and understand global plant and fungal diversity and its uses, bringing authoritative expertise to bear on the critical challenges facing humanity today.

Explore our specialist information and find out more about our research departments, scientific research projects, data and resources.

Science departments

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Find out more about Kew's science and conservation work, and our six scientific research departments plus two support departments.

Science departments

Resources and databases

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Search 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


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

Science staff

Collecting seeds of Agave schawii

Search our staff directory to find out about individual research interests and activities of Kew scientists and see some of their recent scientific output.

Science staff


Burkina Faso expedition

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

Science and conservation projects


Check a plant name

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

Search a specific genus or browse the list.

The Plant List

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Fungi Kingdom

Amanita muscaria Fly Agaric

Discover the diversity and importance of fungi.

Millennium Seed Bank

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Find out more about our vital work saving seeds.

People & data

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Kew's science teams, databases and publications.

Species browser

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Explore Kew's plant & fungi profiles.