Discover plants and fungi
Explore the fascinating world of plants and fungi, browse more than 400 species profiles, find out more about plants that are useful to humans and read about Kew's valuable work.
Kew's scientists work across the globe to discover, describe and conserve plants and fungi ensuring the sustainability of the multiple ecosystem services they provide for human well-being.
These include the role of plants and fungi in regulating services, such as carbon cycling or water regulation, provisioning services, including food, fuel and medicine, and cultural services.
Useful plants and fungi
Plants and fungi are essential for human wellbeing; they provide us with food, medicine, fibres, fuel, building materials and many other products.
Find out more about useful plants and fungi - and discover species profiles relating to each use.
Fungi are important organisms that belong to their own kingdom, completely separate from plants and animals.
Discover what fungi are, why they are important, and how they engage in intimate relationships with plants.