The vast amounts of data held in Kew's collections and associated databases represent a huge, often untapped resource.
Kew's Science Directorate is led by the Director of Science, Professor Katherine J Willis. The directorate comprises six scientific research departments, supported by the Office of the Science Directorate, and Library, Art & Archives.
This department provides authoritative and wide-ranging expertise on the structure, development, evolution, classification and genomics of major plant and fungal groups.
The Natural Capital and Plant Health department uses collections-based science to identify and evaluate the roles plants and fungi play in providing services to humankind.
The Library, Art & Archives collections are used to support Kew’s science and horticulture, and are also frequently consulted by visitors from across the globe to support their research in a diverse range of academic disciplines.