Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Disseminating, analysing and integrating plant and fungal diversity data to advance our understanding of plant and fungal species, their diversity, conservation and sustainable use. Main biodiversity informatics interests:

  • Comprehensive collections: herbarium - vascular plant (6.5m),¬†fungarium (1.25m), DNA bank (40K samples).
  • Millennium seed bank partnership: world's largest ex situ plant conservation project with partners in 80 countries, aiming to bank 25% seed plant species by 2020.
  • Actively curated, biodiversity databases including nomenclators for vascular plants (IPNI) and fungi (Index Fungorum), taxonomic resources (World Checklist Selected Plant Families, The Plant List), electronic floras (particularly African), seed information database.
  • GIS, remote sensing and modelling of plant distributions.
Organisation name: 
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Country: 
United Kingdom
Contact name: 
Alan Paton, Nicky Nicolson
Contact e-mail: 
a.paton@kew.org, n.nicolson@kew.org
Ecotype: 
Terrestrial/Freshwater
Agricultural
Natural history
Computing: 
Software as service
Data management
Vocabularies/ontologies
LOD
Modelling
Remote sensing
User interface: 
Citizen science
VREs
Visualisation
Training/outreach
Applied science/policy
Publication
Organisation type: 

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Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith