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Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (RBGK)
Identification
Hosting Legal Entity
Self-standing RI
Location
United Kingdom
Structure
Type Of RI
Distributed
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, Plant and fungal diversity, Natural capital, Collections, Biodiversity informatics, Conservation, Plant health, Seed banking
Classifications
RI Category
Data Archives, Data Repositories and Collections
Bio-informatics Facilities
Intense Light Sources
Databases
Collections of Biological Resources (e.g. Microorganisms, Biobanks and Seed Banks)
Natural History Collections
Research Libraries
Agronomy, Forestry, Plant Breeding Centres
Scientific Domain
Humanities and Arts
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Biological and Medical Sciences
ESFRI Domain
Environment
Services
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.

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