This department provides authoritative and wide-ranging expertise on the structure, development, evolution, classification and genomics of major plant and fungal groups.
Head, Comparative Plant and Fungal Biology: Dr William (Bill) Baker
Assistant Head, Comparative Plant and Fungal Biology: tbc
Comparative research draws heavily on Kew’s wide-ranging collections of both living and preserved plants and fungi. By studying all levels of organisation, from whole organisms through morphological traits to molecular pathways, we construct fundamental predictive frameworks that explain how plants interact with their environment.
Research foci of the Comparative Plant and Fungal Biology department include:
This research represents a vital evidence base for numerous external stakeholders, including scientific institutions, governments, agri-tech companies, and food, timber, and pharmaceutical industries.