State of the World's Plants and Fungi

We publish annual reports to give our assessment of the current knowledge on the world's plants and fungi.

Fungi mushrooming near a leaf

Kew’s State of the World’s Plants and Fungi project provides assessments 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.

Produced in conjunction with an international scientific symposium, Kew’s State of the World’s Plants and Fungi sets an important international standard from which we can annually track trends in the global status of plant and fungal diversity. Since 2016, we have published three reports. Read the reports and explore the data at stateoftheworldsplants.org

State of the World's Plants and Fungi 2020

In September 2020 we will be publishing, in collaboration with international researchers, the very first State of the World’s report that combines both plants and fungi. 

We will explore what we know about the properties of plants and fungi (through both traditional knowledge and modern science), their value in economic terms, and the potential of Kew’s collections and collections around the world to be used for the exploration of these properties. 

With end points for many of the world’s biodiversity and sustainability targets occurring in 2020, this is an opportunity to take stock of where we are and evaluate and demonstrate how collaborative, international biodiversity research can provide solutions to some of the UK’s and the world’s most pressing challenges. 

State of the World’s Plants and Fungi reports

  • State of the World's Plants 2016

    State of the World's Plants 2016

    The original State of the World’s Plants report provided, for the first time, a baseline assessment of our knowledge on the diversity of plants on earth, the global threats these plants face, and the policies dealing with them.

    Read the 2016 report
  • State of the World's Plants 2017

    State of the World's Plants 2017

    This is the second annual report in which we have scrutinised databases, published literature, policy documents, reports and satellite imagery to provide a synthesis of current knowledge on the world’s plants.

    Read the 2017 report
  • Shaggy parasol (Chlorophyllum rhacodes). Mushroom on woodland floor with a shaggy cap.

    State of the World's Fungi 2018

    Kew released the first ever State of the World's Fungi report revealing how important fungi are to all life on Earth.

    Read the 2018 report

Sponsors

The staff and trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the Kew Foundation would like to thank the Sfumato Foundation for generously funding the State of the World’s Plants project.