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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
Seed banking, Conservation, Spatial analysis, Biodiversity informatics, Plant health, Plant and fungal diversity, Collections, Natural capital
Classifications
RI Category
Databases
Research Libraries
Natural History Collections
Collections of Biological Resources (e.g. Microorganisms, Biobanks and Seed Banks)
Bio-informatics Facilities
Data Archives, Data Repositories and Collections
Agronomy, Forestry, Plant Breeding Centres
Intense Light Sources
Scientific Domain
Biological and Medical Sciences
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Humanities and Arts
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
Light Microscopes
Ultra-Centrifuge
Water Purification System
Laminar Flow hoods and Biological Safety Cabinets
Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (GCMS)
Plate Reader
-80 Freezers
Growth Room
Alpha Screen
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR)
Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)
High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC-DAD)
Rotary Evaporator
DNA Sequencer
Liquid Nitrogen Cylinder/Dewars
Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (LCMS/MS)
Next Generation Sequencer MiSeq
Autoclaves
Incubators
Collaborations
Networks
The Millennium Seed Bank Partnership
Date of last update: 31/08/2018