Seed of Ravenala madagascariensis (traveller’s palm); native to Madagascar (Photo: W. Stuppy)
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Science has always been the heart of Kew’s purpose. Our collections, our people and our partnerships enable us to make an invaluable and highly relevant contribution to some of the biggest issues facing the global population. We do this through research, conservation, training and inspiring others about the importance of plant and fungal science.

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State of the World’s Plants - 2017 report out now

Kew Science has launched its second State of the World's Plants report, providing a cutting-edge horizon scan and taking stock of the world's most valuable and vulnerable plants.

Find out more and read the report

Seed collecting in Namibia

Who we are and what we do

Kew is a global resource for plant and fungal knowledge. Our unique combination of extensive collections, databases, scientific expertise and global partnerships gives us a leading role in facilitating access to fundamental plant and fungal information.
Fungarium specimens

Kew's scientific collections

With over 8.5 million items, Kew houses the largest and most diverse botanical and mycological collections in the world. They represent over 95% of known flowering plant genera and more than 60% of known fungal genera.
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Browse our directory of current projects ranging from small scale research to large international programmes and partnerships.
Collecting Aloe dichotoma seeds (Credit: Wolfgang Stuppy)

Training and education

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Plant and Fungal Tree of Life

Data and resources

Explore Kew's data and resources for plant and fungal information.
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