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

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