Genetic modification of plants and fungi

Genetic modification (GM) is not a magic bullet, but it can be a useful took in the fight against some of the world's most pressing challenges.

Pitcher plant (Sarracenia alata x leucophylla)

Kew’s research concentrates on discovering, conserving and managing the vast array of natural genetic diversity that exists in the plant and fungal worlds.

While we are not actively engaged in genetic modification, we recognise that GM technologies have the potential to make a positive contribution to human well-being.

We are currently revising our policy and will be publishing our new statement shortly. 

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