Stellaria holostea seed (Image: Wolfgang Stuppy)

Kew Science

Science has always been the heart of Kew’s purpose. Our collections, our people and our partnerships enable us to make an invaluable and highly relevant contribution to some of the biggest issues facing the global population. We do this through research, conservation, training and inspiring others about the importance of plant and fungal science.
Seed collecting in Namibia

Who we are and what we do

Kew is a global resource for plant and fungal knowledge. 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.
Fungarium specimens


With over 8.5 million items, Kew houses the largest and most diverse botanical and mycological collections in the world. They represent over 95% of known flowering plant genera and more than 60% of known fungal genera.
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Browse our directory of current projects ranging from small scale research to large international programmes and partnerships.
Collecting Aloe dichotoma seeds (Credit: Wolfgang Stuppy)

Training and education

Find out more about Kew's MSc course, PhD opportunities, training courses and internships.
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Kew Science blog

Explore some of the results and activities of our global science and conservation research program, and keep up to date with current developments in Kew science and science policy.

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