Kew’s scientific collections contain over 8.5 million items, representing over 95% of known flowering plant genera and approximately 66% of known genera of fungi.
Head, Collections: Dr Alan Paton
Assistant Head, Collections (and Head, Seed and Lab-based Collections): Dr John Dickie
The strength and breadth of Kew’s collections provide an unparalleled opportunity to understand plant and fungal diversity and to carry out research to support our scientific vision. Kew’s collections and expertise are at the heart of the science carried out both here and in institutions across the globe. Thus, we are developing the collections to support the science foci of this strategy, while also maintaining the global representation of plant and fungal diversity necessary to document large-scale patterns of diversity and change, and to respond to future challenges.
The work of the Collections department is focused in the following areas: