Our science

Our 350+ scientists work collaboratively and globally, making an invaluable contribution to solving some of the biggest challenges facing humanity.

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Explore our work

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    Where we work

    We're documenting and conserving global plant and fungal diversity around the world.

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    Projects and programmes

    Discover our research projects and programmes which focus on addressing key global challenges such as climate change and food security.

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    Science services

    Our specialists in commercial phytochemistry, regulation of international trade in plants and medicinal plant names can provide expertise to companies, professionals or researchers.

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Explore our departments

We have six research departments, led by leaders in plant and fungal science, which are supported by the Library, Art and Archives and Office of the Science Directorate.

Discover our expertise and outputs

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    Search over 350 experts in our departments.

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    Publications and reports

    Our publications and reports are published to support and highlight our research and share our knowledge to benefit science, conservation and education worldwide.

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    State of the World's Plants and Fungi

    Our State of the World's Plants and Fungi reports provide an assessment of our current knowledge of the diversity of plants and fungi on Earth, the global threats that they face, and the policies to safeguard them. 

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