Science and conservation
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Millennium Seed Bank Partnership Safeguarding 25% of the world's wild plant species by 2020
Kew is a global resource for plant and fungal knowledge. Our scientific expertise is focused on plant and fungi identification and naming, comparative plant and fungal biology, plant and fungi conservation and health, plus determination of ecosystem services provided by plants and fungi.
All our work contributes essential knowledge to addressing the global challenges of biodiversity loss, food security, poverty, disease and the changing climate.
Kew Science News
Applications are now open for fully-funded PhD studentships in the Imperial College NERC (Natural Environment Research Council) Doctoral Training Partnership, of which Kew is a named partner.
Due to the dedication of a Kew science volunteer, pressed specimens of plants growing wild at Kew have been made available online to assist local biodiversity management.
Soejatmi Dransfield, Honorary Research Fellow in Kew's Herbarium, has planted the bamboo named after her in a ceremony at Singapore Botanic Gardens.
Up to 35 fully funded PhD studentships are offered by the London NERC (Natural Environment Research Council) Doctoral Training Partnership, of which Kew is a named partner.
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.
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.
Plants & fungi in focus
Mistletoe (Viscum album)
One of the most well-known evergreens, mistletoe has inspired fascination throughout history, and is held in esteem for its medicinal and perceived magical properties.
In the UK, mistletoe grows most commonly on apple trees, lime and poplar, but also on blackthorn, hawthorn, rowan and willow.