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Scientific research and data

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.

Resources and databases

Photo of the Millennium Seed Bank

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

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 Directory

Montage of scientific activity

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

Science projects

Science teams

Meet our scientists

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

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