Kew Science

Our purpose is to understand, document and protect plants and fungi. With our global partners, we support the sustainable use of these natural resources that support all life on Earth.

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With over 350 scientists, Kew’s scientific mission is to understand and protect plants and fungi for the well-being of people and the future of all life on Earth.

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Our Science

Explore our research departments, scientific projects and services and find out about the people behind Kew Science.

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Find a scientist

Search over 350 plant and fungal experts in our departments

Our collections, resources and facilities

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    Collections

    With over 8.5 million items, Kew houses the largest and most diverse botanical and mycological collections in the world.

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    Data and digital resources

    Browse our databases which house a range of plant and fungal information on naming, plants, seeds, fungi and more.

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    Research facilities

    From laboratories to our Millennium Seed Bank, we have a wide range of state-of-the-art platforms that support the delivery our scientific research.

Get involved with Kew Science

  • Global partnerships

    We collaborate with over 400 institutions to deliver the greatest benefits to science, conservation policy and education.

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    Education and training

    We offer a range of opportunities to study with us, from internships and an MSc programme, to PhDs and professional development.

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    Engage with Kew Science

    Get involved and be a part of Kew's scienific research. Visit our collections, take part in our work and find out about the many ways you can support Kew's mission.

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Reports

Read our publications and reports to gain a wider view of our research.

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Stay up-to-date with Kew’s plant and fungal research news, science events and scientific opportunities.