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    Kew launches new Science Strategy Our new strategy sets out how we will use our world-class collections and scientific expertise to make a unique and valuable contribution to plant and fungal science.
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    New MSc course at Kew Find out more about the new MSc in Plant and Fungal Taxonomy, Diversity and Conservation
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    Science blogs Find out more about the latest science and conservation work at Kew.

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 blog

 

Read the Kew Science blog for an insight into Kew's latest scientific research.

Kew Science News

Pictures shows four people standing around a conveyor belt. One person is leaning over the conveyor belt, placing pressed plant specimens onto it. Another person is operating a device that delivers barcode labels.
Large-scale digitisation by Kew and Natural History Museum
27-Feb-2015
Using a DigiStreet conveyor belt system based in Amsterdam, Kew and the Natural History Museum are working together on large-scale digitisation of their plant collections #digitalherbarium #Kew #NHM
Science Strategy reveals reinvigorated vision for Kew’s science
23-Feb-2015
The new strategy firmly places Kew’s vast collections at the heart of its science.
Cunoniaceae account for Flora of New Caledonia
New format for a traditional Flora
23-Feb-2015
A new account of the Cunoniaceae for the Flora of New Caledonia has been produced in a format designed for both specialists and non-specialists.
Darwin's Birthday: 12 February
11-Feb-2015
To mark the birthday of Charles Darwin, find out more about one of the orchids he collected during the Voyage of the Beagle.

Kew magazine wins at the GMG Awards

Kew magazine won the Environmental Award  at the GMG Awards at The Savoy in London (26 November). The award was for a piece by Stephanie Pain called 'Saving for the Future' on the UK National Tree Seed Project, which appeared in the spring issue. 

Download 'Saving for the Future'

 

Beyond the Gardens: The Forgotten Home of Coffee

This award-winning film shows how scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, are collaborating with scientists in Ethiopia (Arabica coffee originated from here) to understand how climate change is affecting wild Arabica coffee plants.

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Plants and fungi in focus


Noble dendrobium (Dendrobium nobile)

One of the most popular epiphytic orchids in cultivation, this species is widespread in the foothills of the Himalayas.

Flowers of noble dendrobium

Dendrobium nobile can be seen growing in Kew’s Princess of Wales Conservatory.

More about noble dendrobium

Alluring orchids - Kew's orchid festival

Adopt a seed

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

Dimorphotheca nudicaulis seeds

UK Native Seed Hub

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

Photo of bee on Succisa pratensis flower

'Plants: From Roots to Riches' Book

Based on the Radio 4 series. Kathy Willis and Carolyn Fry take us from the birth of botany right through to modern day plant science.

Plants: From Roots to Riches, a landmark Radio 4 series

More from Kew

Fungi Kingdom

Discover the diversity and importance of fungi.

Amanita muscaria Fly Agaric

Millennium Seed Bank

Find out more about our vital work saving seeds.

Photo of Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank

People & data

Kew's science teams, databases and publications.

Montage of scientific activity

Species browser

Explore Kew's plant & fungi profiles.

Photo of Capsicum annuum fruits