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

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