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

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