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

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