Tree of Life

Building a complete tree of life for both plants and fungi at the genus level

Palm tree leaves in sunlight

Expanding and populating the tree of life for plants and fungi

The tree of life is the fundamental biological roadmap for navigating the evolution and properties of life on Earth.

This Initiative will build on the successes of the Plant and Fungal Trees of Life (PAFTOL) project to deliver a further step change in our knowledge.

It will equip us with the tools to accelerate efforts to document, identify and classify plants and fungi, to explore their useful properties, to understand their origins and evolution, and to predict how species will respond to future environmental change.

Using Kew’s unrivalled collections and in collaboration with our partners around the world, we will complete the tree of life for both plants and fungi at the genus level. This will include all 14,000 angiosperm genera and 50 per cent of the 8,000 fungal genera.

Sequence data and the most up-to-date view of the tree of life will be made freely available online in Kew's Tree of Life Explorer.