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