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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
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.
The phylogenetic diversity of the Millennium Seed Bank collections has been assessed using legumes as a model family.
Kew mycologists discover that a fungus once thought to have become extinct in Britain and then thought to have been rediscovered has actually never been recorded in Britain.
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
Fly agaric (Amanita muscaria)
One of the most iconic and distinctive of British fungi, fly agaric, with its red cap and white spots, is renowned for its toxicity and hallucinogenic properties.
Fruiting bodies of fly agaric can often be seen at Kew between September and November.