Pushing the frontiers of taxonomic research to accelerate the characterisation and identification of species in near real-time.
Taxonomy is the science of naming, identifying and classifying living organisms.
It is the bedrock of the scientific study of life: any research involving living organisms needs a taxonomic point of reference and it is therefore hugely important to the global scientific community, yet in need of increased resource and focus.
Taxonomy has been the backbone of Kew’s scientific research since the organisation’s establishment, and our collections and taxonomic experts are essential to the processes of discovering, describing and conserving biodiversity.
Drawing on increased data availability and new tools and technologies, including phylogenomics and machine learning, we will push the frontiers of taxonomic research to accelerate the characterisation and identification of species in near real-time.
We will also develop methods for speeding up the discovery of hidden diversity in natural history collections.
- Documenting Biodiversity: accelerating the description, naming and classification of plants and fungi
- The Tree of Life: expanding and populating the tree of life for plants and fungi
- Innovating Species Identification: developing and implementing new identification tools for recognising species
- Tropical Important Plant Areas: identifying priority areas for plant conservation in biodiverse tropical countries
Research, curation, safeguarding, identifying and naming of Kew's Herbarium specimens from Africa.
Kew Madagascar Conservation Centre Biodiversity
Documenting biodiversity in Madagascar.
Researching, safeguarding, identifying and naming Kew's Herbarium specimens from Asia and the Pacific.
Researching, curating and identifying Kew’s collections from the Americas.
Fungal Diversity and Systematics
Classifying, describing and naming fungi.
Studying the taxonomy, classification and evolution of economically and ecologically important plants.
Tree of Life
Discovering and disseminating the evolutionary history of all plant and fungal genera.