Explore our science

Our science relies on three internationally important collections:

 
Children participating in a practical science session.Children participating in a practical science session.

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.

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