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

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