Kew is uniquely positioned as a global hub of plant and fungal knowledge. We have the capacity to use this knowledge to provide science-based solutions to address some of the critical challenges facing life on Earth.
Our research includes comparative studies of living and preserved collections in an evolutionary context, enabling predictive assessments of the impacts of global environmental change on genes, species, populations and communities. It also provides evidence-based research, supported by ex situ collections, to enable assessment and improve the delivery of conservation outcomes, the sustainable management of biodiversity and ecosystem services, and plant health in the UK and overseas.
Our work informs and advises a wide variety of stakeholders from governments, industries, and businesses through to other academic institutions and educational establishments. This results in a large international partnership network currently comprising 135 institutions in over 100 different countries.
Director of Science: Professor Kathy Willis
Deputy Director of Science: Professor Monique Simmonds
Senior Research Professor: Professor Mark Chase FRS