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