|Type||Non-departmental public body|
Marcus Agius (Chair of the Board of Trustees)
Richard Deverell (Director)
|Budget||£56 million (year ended 31 March 2008)|
|Mission||To inspire and deliver science-based plant conservation worldwide, enhancing the quality of life|
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (brand name Kew) is a non-departmental public body in the UK sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. An internationally important botanical research and education institution, it employs 750 staff. Its chief executive is the current Director, Richard Deverell. Its board of trustees is chaired by Marcus Agius, a former chairman of Barclays PLC.
The organisation manages botanic gardens at Kew in Richmond upon Thames in southwest London, and at Wakehurst Place, a National Trust property in Sussex which is home to an internationally important Millennium Seed Bank. The Seedbank is also the site of multiple research projects and international partnerships with at least 80 countries. Seed stored at the bank fulfils two functions: it provides an ex situ conservation resource and also facilitates research around the globe by acting as a repository for seed scientists. Kew also operates, jointly with the Forestry Commission, Bedgebury Pinetum in Kent, which specialising in growing conifers.
International Plant Names Index
The Harvard University Herbaria and the Australian National Herbarium co-operate with Kew in the IPNI database, a project which was launched in 1999 to produce an authoritative source of information on botanical nomenclature including publication details. The IPNI includes information from the Index Kewensis, a project which began in the nineteenth century to provide an "Index to the Names and Authorities of all known flowering plants and their countries".
The Plant List
Kew also cooperates with the Missouri Botanical Garden in a related project called The Plant List, which, unlike the IPNI, provides information on which names are currently accepted. The Plant List is an Internet encyclopedia project which was launched in 2010 to compile a comprehensive list of botanical nomenclature. The Plant List has 1,040,426 scientific plant names of species rank of which 298,900 are accepted species names. In addition, the list has 620 plant families and 16,167 plant genera.
- Directors of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
- Kew Gardens
- Wakehurst Place
- Botanists active at Kew Gardens
- Joseph Dalton Hooker, who succeeded his father as director in 1865
- The Great Plant Hunt – a primary school science initiative created by Kew Gardens, commissioned and funded by the Wellcome Trust
- Index Kewensis, a massive index of plant names started and maintained by Kew Gardens
- Kew Bulletin
- Dyduch, Amy (28 March 2014). "Dozens of jobs at risk as Kew Gardens faces £5m shortfall". Richmond Guardian. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
- "Director". People and departments. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Retrieved 25 June 2014.
- "Board of Trustees". People and departments. Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. Retrieved 29 September 2014.
- "Seed science". Millenium Seed Bank Partnership. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Retrieved 15 September 2014.
- "Projects and partners". Millenium Seed Bank Partnership. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Retrieved 15 September 2014.
- Bates, Claire (5 January 2011). "Botanical A-Z via Kew: British experts complete database of every plant name on the planet – all 1.25million of them".
- "World's Largest Plants Database Assembled". Discovery News. 29 December 2010. Retrieved 15 September 2014.
- Satter, Raphael G. (29 December 2010). "US, British scientists draw up comprehensive list of world's known land plants". boston.com. Retrieved 15 September 2014.
- Official website
- documentary behind the scenes at Kew GardensA Year at KewBBC