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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.
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    MSc course at Kew Find out more about Kew's MSc in Plant and Fungal Taxonomy, Diversity and Conservation

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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Kew's Director of Science to give Michael Faraday Prize Lecture
Professor Katherine Willis, Director of Science at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew will be giving the Michael Faraday Prize lecture on Thursday 11 February 2016 at the Royal Society.
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Scientific Meeting: Growing the Grass Classification
This summer Kew scientists will meet with international colleagues to discuss the classification of grasses.
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Madagascar's rich and ancient grass flora
Maria Vorontsova describes her recent study showing that Madagascar's diverse grass flora has a long evolutionary history, with ancient grasslands pre-dating human settlement.
Image showing The top new species scorers at Kew for 2015 all with over 20 species published. Left to right: John Wood, 25 new convolvulaceae; Ian Darbyshire, >20 African acanthaceae, and Eve Lucas, >20 Brazilian myrtaceae.
More than 140 new species discovered by Kew scientists in 2015
In an article published by The Independent on 26th December 2015, Kew scientists were praised for uncovering more than 140 species new to science (including four new genera) – twice as many as in 2014.

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.

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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.

UK Native Seed Hub

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

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Millennium Seed Bank

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Kew's science teams, databases and publications.

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Explore Kew's plant & fungi profiles.