Comprising four teams - Africa & Madagascar, Americas, Asia, and Mycology, the Identification & Naming Department undertakes fundamental taxonomic research, excellence in curation being directly responsible for the Herbarium and Fungarium specimens, global exploration and inventories, developing innovative projects to address Kew’s research questions.
Curating specimens from Africa and associated islands, including Madagascar. Research in four TIPA countries: Guinea, Cameroon, Uganda and Mozambique. Taxonomic research on Gentianales, Lamiales, Cyperaceae and Malvales; seedbank vouchers are identified by the team.
Curating specimens from the Americas (from North to South Pole); research in tropical America in a number of key plant families; we undertake expeditions to under-explored areas, e.g. Bolivia, the team’s TIPA project.
Responsible for specimens from Asia, SE Asia, the Pacific as well as Europe; running plant identification courses; research in SE Asia, especially New Guinea (the Asian TIPA region) and the islands of Wallacea.
Research to classify, describe and name fungi from around the world; focus on Cortinarius and British taxa; recurating and enhancing the Kew Fungarium; pioneering British fungal conservation and developing a DNA-based national checklist.
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