University of Leeds teams with Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew on State of the World’s Plants and Fungi report

October 6, 2020 |

In the UK, University of Leeds researchers have joined forces with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew to conduct research into the plants and fungi that could be used as a source of energy as well as assessing the species with the potential to be scaled-up with innovative technologies.

This research forms part of a joint report highlighting the enormous potential for plants to produce energy and contribute towards achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

The State of the World’s Plants and Fungi report takes a deep dive into the state of the world’s plant and fungal kingdoms globally and shows how we are currently using plants and fungi, what useful properties we are missing, and what we risk losing.

It brings together 210 scientists from 42 countries, including University of Leeds researchers and their collaborators, led by Professor Jon Lovett from the School of Geography, who is Chair in Global Challenges and an Honorary Research Fellow at Kew.

The Leeds group collaborated with researchers in Africa, Indonesia, Nepal, India and Mexico on capacity building; exploring the potential for local plants and fungi to provide energy in small-holder farms; and developing new ways of creating bioenergy from invasive plants.

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