Working with partners in the UK and overseas, the Conservation Science Department generates evidence to enable monitoring, conservation and evaluation of the status of the world’s plants and the habitats they comprise. We employ a diverse range of techniques combining in situ and ex situ approaches.
We have four interlinked research foci:
Enhancing understanding of the conservation status of the world’s plants.
Applying innovative technologies in genetics to better inform conservation decision-making.
Co-ordinating the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership to help conserve the world’s seeds through seed banking and related technologies.
UK - led by Clare Trivedi. Seed banking the UK Flora and using our collections, data and skills to enhance knowledge and conservation in the UK
UK Overseas Territories - led by Dr Martin Hamilton. Documenting and conserving the flora of UK Overseas Territories and identifying Tropical Important Plant Areas.
Madagascar - led by Stuart Cable. Developing and implementing innovative technologies and research to increase data, understanding and evidence to help solve the most critical issues facing biodiversity, natural capital & livelihoods in Madagascar.
Learn more here about the interesting and diverse projects of Kew's Conservation Science department.
Search for staff of Kew's Natural Capital and Plant Health department as well as other Kew Science staff.
Learn more about Kew's strategic 2020 output - Banking the World's Seeds.