The department undertakes and disseminates research based on Kew’s plant and fungal collections on natural assets and the ecosystem services they provide, which generates societal benefits. We do so in order to improve outcomes including exploitation, livelihoods, sustainability and to provide evidence to inform policy.
Research on plants providing provisioning ecosystem services from coffee to edible legumes, Brassicas, minor cereals, forage plants and tubers to wood and timber.
The chemical ecology of pollination as a supporting ecosystem service; chemical defence against herbivores and pathogens; endophytes as sources of enhanced plant resilience and productivity.
Evaluation and authentication of the use of plant and fungal natural products to enhance human health and wellbeing.
Research on the beneficial impacts of plant diversity on human lives and livelihoods, primarily in LDCs where nutritional, income, health and biodiversity conservation issues associated with plants and fungi are of paramount importance.
Genomic approaches to tree health, especially in the UK, from both a plant and fungal perspective.
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