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During the guided tour you'll meet Kew's knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff and visit areas of the Gardens not normally seen by the public. You'll gain an insight into different aspects of work that Kew undertakes in areas of science, horticulture and conservation.
Depending on the featured plant or fungus the tour could include a visit to the Jodrell Laboratory, the Herbarium or one of our Nurseries. You'll see how Kew's research can be used to help people across the globe, for example with re-forestation or finding alternative crops for farming in remote areas.
Fungi can be found across the Gardens. Although 2,750 named species have been recorded here, visitors will only see the ‘tip of the iceberg’ – the fruiting bodies that appear above ground and the lichens growing on benches, trees and stonework. Most of the non-lichenised fungi grow under the surface – inside the food source – be it soil, leaf litter or rotten wood.
Kew is home to the most important fungal resource in the world – the Fungarium, supported by its own dedicated research team. This collection of dried fungi contains more than a million specimens and represents around 60 per cent of the known global fungal diversity.
Thousands of new specimens are integrated into the collection each year. In addition to the dried specimens, a small living collection is maintained as cultures, deep-frozen in liquid nitrogen.
Join us in November to find out more about oak trees (Quercus) at Kew.