Kew Science

We’re a global resource for plant and fungal knowledge, using our unparalleled expertise, collections and partnerships to tackle urgent challenges.

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With over 350 scientists, Kew's scientific research stretches from the discovery and identification of new species, to the impact of climate change on threatened habitats. We strive to reveal the importance of plants and fungi in our everyday lives.

Reforestation for Biodiversity, Carbon Capture and Livelihoods

Join us and Botanic Gardens Conservation International online 24 – 26 February 2021 for three days of discussion and debate to find ways of raising the standard of global reforestation.

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

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