Kew videos - Conservation & biodiversity
Kew's conservation work is vital to protect the huge variety of plant life around the world. Discover what Kew is doing to protect endangered species and their habitats, and how the current threats to the world's biodiversity affect us all.
We can't afford to let these plants, and the potential they hold, die out. By getting involved in the Adopt a Seed, Save a Species campaign you can play an important part in safeguarding the world's plants.
Discover more about the importance of plants to our lives and how the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership is helping to save wild plants and habitats for our future. Over the last ten years we have successfully banked 10% of the world's plant diversity. Seeds from deserts, to mountains, of all different shapes and sizes.
The largest organism in the world is a mushroom that is over 1,000 years old, covering hundreds of acres in a forest in Oregon USA. All plants on Earth rely on fungi to live, and fungi out number plants six to one. Kew has the largest collection of dried fungi in the world, around 1.25 million specimens.
There are hundreds of thousands of different plant species in the world, but sadly, we now know that one in five of these is threatened with extinction. But why should we care? Do we really need this much diversity? The short answer to this question is yes, because plant diversity means resilience. Watch Kew’s new video to find out more about why plant diversity matters and how our conservation work around the world is helping to safeguard plants at risk.
Meet some of Kew's plant experts and find out more about the impact of climate change on the health of the world's plant life. Discover why plants have such a vital role to play in slowing the pace of climate change, and see how Kew's global science and conservation work is helping to carve a brighter future for both people and plants.
Professor Mike Fay, head of the Genetics section at the Jodrell Laboratory at Kew, shares one of his main interest areas – the application of genetic data to questions relating to conservation.
On 15 October 2009 Kew's Millennium Seed Bank partnership, based at Wakehurst Place, celebrated hitting its target of banking the seeds of 10% of the world's plant species.
Kew's Millennium Seed Bank partnership works with over a hundred partners in 54 countries around the world, helping protect the planet's biodiversity.
Sadly now extinct in the wild, Kew has a programme to return the Easter Islanders' national tree to its native habitat
Kew's Director, Professor Stephen Hopper, explains how we're all affected by plants becoming endangered.