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Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (RBGK)
Identification
Hosting Legal Entity
Self-standing RI
Location
United Kingdom
Structure
Type Of RI
Distributed
Coordinating Country
United Kingdom
Status
Status
Current Status:
Operational
Scientific Description
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, was founded in 1759 and over the past 257 years has been at the centre of global discovery, collection, identification, naming and ordering of all things plant and fungus related. Spread over two sites (Kew Gardens in west London and Wakehurst Place in West Sussex), Kew’s scientific collections contain over 8.5 million items, incorporating living and preserved material, seeds, spores and DNA, and between them cover an extraordinary breadth of plant and fungal diversity.

RI Keywords
Biodiversity informatics, Conservation, Plant and fungal diversity, Natural capital, Collections, Spatial analysis, Seed banking, Plant health
Classifications
RI Category
Intense Light Sources
Data Archives, Data Repositories and Collections
Research Libraries
Databases
Collections of Biological Resources (e.g. Microorganisms, Biobanks and Seed Banks)
Bio-informatics Facilities
Natural History Collections
Agronomy, Forestry, Plant Breeding Centres
Scientific Domain
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Humanities and Arts
Biological and Medical Sciences
ESFRI Domain
Environment
Services
Access to Botanical and Mycological 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.

Access to Plant, Fungus and Seed Data
Research Support
Equipment
Growth Room
Alpha Screen
Water Purification System
Incubators
DNA Sequencer
Laminar Flow hoods and Biological Safety Cabinets
Ultra-Centrifuge
Liquid Nitrogen Cylinder/Dewars
-80 Freezers
Autoclaves
Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (LCMS/MS)
Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)
Light Microscopes
Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (GCMS)
Next Generation Sequencer MiSeq
Plate Reader
High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC-DAD)
Rotary Evaporator
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR)
Collaborations
Networks
The Millennium Seed Bank Partnership
Date of last update: 31/08/2018