Our science relies on three internationally important collections:
- A living collection of over 15,000 species, including a research plant collection
- A herbarium collection of nearly three million preserved specimens
- A library containing 90,000 books, 4,000 journal titles and important historical archives
Working in over 40 countries, our scientists are recording and collecting plants in collaboration with other botanic gardens and scientific institutions. This fieldwork underpins research on:
- How particular groups of plants have evolved and moved around the planet
- The diversity of plants growing in particular regions or countries
- The conservation of rare and threatened plant species
Universally understood plant names and a system in which to organise them are crucial to the study of plants. Our work contributes to the important goal of naming & classifying the plantlife of our planet.
People have always made use of plants. A growing number of research projects are looking at the links between plants & people.