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

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