Commercial Phytochemistry Unit

Providing unique expertise for the evaluation of the uses of plants and fungi as well as the authentication of botanical and fungal extracts used commercially.

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Our Commercial Phytochemistry Unit (CPU) works with industries, regulators and research institutes worldwide to research the uses of plants and fungi as well as the authentication (fit for proposed purpose) and identification of plant and fungal extracts entering the trade.

We evaluate functional and novel foods and drinks, dyes, fragrances, medicinal plants, plants used in traditional medical systems such as traditional Chinese medicine, identifying extracts for insect control and distinguishing plant and fungal products for drug development, with a focus on antibiotics and the modulation of the immune system.
 

What we offer

•    The selection and identification of plant and fungal extracts for different uses
•    Conformation of the identification and quality of commercial plant/fungal extracts 
•    Research and evaluation of chemistry/efficacy of plant/fungal sources for commercial development

Resources available 

We have access to a range of analytical equipment including LC-MS, GC-MS, HPLCs, IR, NMR through our Small Molecular Laboratory facility. 

Clients and partners of the CPU can have access to our unique plant and fungal collections, specialist expertise and robust scientific insight.

Knowledge about the distribution of plants and their sustainable supply.

In-house expertise also includes an extensive knowledge of the regulations for the development of cosmetics, medicinal plants and novel foods as well as grant writing.  

We work in line with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), particularly in relation to the Nagoya Protocol and Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
 

Who we are

Deputy Director of Science (Commercial Innovation):
Professor Monique Simmonds OBE

Natural Product Chemists:
Dr Rui Fang
Esther Grosskopf
Federico Padilla 
Nicholas Sadgrove
Michal Zweig
 

How to contact us

We can work with you to develop innovative and high-quality plant/fungal-based products. Contact us to discuss your needs and requirements: cpu@kew.org

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Small Molecule Analysis Laboratory

This laboratory is equipped to analyse and identify the secondary metabolites produced by plants and fungi.

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Global partnerships and collaborations

Partnering with us helps companies and organisations deliver science-based plant conservation worldwide.

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