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

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