Whilst the services being developed by Medicinal Plant Names Services (MPNS) will satisfy commonly occurring needs in a convenient, affordable fashion, individual organisations or projects may have particular requirements not easily met in this generic way, or have commercial reasons for following particular lines of enquiry in a closer relationship with Kew experts, possibly under non-disclosure agreements.
Such needs will be met by offering bespoke consultancies. Examples might include training in appropriate use and interpretation of plant names (for scientists or editors) or guidance for bioinformaticians in designing their own information systems to adequately encompass plant names for their own particular needs.
Kew has a global reputation for providing authoritative information about plants and how to manage biodiversity information. Kew offers authentication services for plant materials, of direct relevance to the medicinal, nutraceutical and cosmetics industries, enabling clients to assess the purity of plant extracts and whether they are ‘fit for purpose’.
Information about Kew’s Innovation Unit.
Kew in-house expertise covers the chemistry, DNA, anatomy, uses, distribution, horticulture, legislation and geography of plants.
- identification, mapping and conservation advice and economic evaluation of plants and habitats;
- DNA mapping of wild varieties of commercial crops;
- authentication/ quality control/ chemical and activity screening of plant material based on standardised extracts and spectra for use in drug discovery, nutraceuticals and cosmetics;
- chemotype identification;
- knowledge of regulatory needs for development of medicinal/ cosmetic/ food plants.
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