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

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