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    State of the World’s Plants report Kew has launched a ground-breaking new report highlighting the global status of plants.
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    MSc course at Kew Find out more about Kew's MSc in Plant and Fungal Taxonomy, Diversity and Conservation
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    Strategic Outputs Kew's Science Strategy sets out nine strategic outputs to be achieved by 2020.
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    Science Departments Kew's Science Directorate comprises six scientific research departments and two support departments.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew: A Global Resource  for Plant and Fungal  Knowledge Science Strategy 2015-2020

Kew is a global resource for plant and fungal knowledge. We have one of the largest and most diverse collections of plant and fungal specimens (living and preserved) in the world. 

Our unique combination of extensive collections, databases, scientific expertise and global partnerships gives us a leading role in facilitating access to fundamental plant and fungal information. The core purpose of our science stems from a simple but often overlooked truth: all our lives depend on plants.
Download our Science Strategy to find out how we intend to make an invaluable contribution to some of the biggest issues facing the global population.

Kew Science News

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Explore Kew’s first Science Festival
Kew will host its first Science Festival from 5–7 August. Come and meet our scientists as they bring their science out of the labs and into the Gardens.
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State of the World's Plants report released by Kew
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew has released the first annual report on the State of the World’s Plants accompanied by the first international science and policy symposium on the topic.
Missing: 70% of crop wild relatives
Nature Plants has published the latest results of the global gap analysis paper 'Global Conservation Priorities for Crop Wild Relatives'.
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State of the World's Plants Symposium – speakers announced
Browse our programme of speakers, discover the key questions that will be addressed, and find out how to join us as we take stock of the world’s plant diversity and current research and trends.

Phil Stevenson: Sex & Drugs and Pest Control (TEDx Wandsworth)

Phil Stevenson, Senior Research Leader in Chemical Ecology, Natural Capital & Plant Health, recently gave a short talk for TEDx Wandsworth (an independently organised TED talk) entitled Sex & Drugs and Pest Control.

UK Native Seed Hub

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Kew can provide seeds and support services for conservation and habitat restoration organisations.

Adopt a seed

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Help Kew's Millennium Seed Bank protect the future of the world's plants by adopting a seed for as little as £25.

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Fungi Kingdom

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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.