Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (RBGK)
Core Data
Hosting Legal Entity
Self-standing RI
United Kingdom
Type Of RI
Coordinating Country
United Kingdom
Scientific Description
Mission and objectives
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 and fungal diversity, Biodiversity informatics, Conservation, Seed banking, Collections, Plant health, Spatial analysis, Natural capital
RI Category
Data Archives, Data Repositories and Collections
Bio-informatics Facilities
Collections of Biological Resources (e.g. Microorganisms, Biobanks and Seed Banks)
Agronomy, Forestry, Plant Breeding Centres
Research Libraries
Intense Light Sources
Natural History Collections
Scientific Domain
Biological and Medical Sciences
Humanities and Arts
Earth and Environmental Sciences
ESFRI Domain
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.

Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)
Plate Reader
Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (LCMS/MS)
Liquid Nitrogen Cylinder/Dewars
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR)
-80 Freezers
Rotary Evaporator
Growth Room
Water Purification System
Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (GCMS)
Next Generation Sequencer MiSeq
DNA Sequencer
Alpha Screen
High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC-DAD)
Light Microscopes
Laminar Flow hoods and Biological Safety Cabinets
Additional Data
The Millennium Seed Bank Partnership