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

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