The Useful Plants and Fungi Portal will be an authoritative, expert-driven, online resource providing information on the economic and traditional uses of plants and fungi. It will meet the needs of user communities ranging from scientists to policymakers and the general public.
Data for the portal will be drawn from existing Kew databases, such as SEPASAL (Survey of Economic Plants for Arid and Semi-Arid Lands) and the Kew Economic Botany Collection, and from research into species important for food security, livelihoods and human health. The portal will be designed to bring together content to help guide, for example, the enhancement of the provisioning services of plants and fungi (food, fibre, fuel and water). It will be a useful resource for researchers studying the uses of plants and fungi, their relationships with human well-being, and the ecosystem services they provide. The portal will also be relevant to policy-makers, development agencies and other stakeholders working on food security and other global challenges.