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Services we offer

MPNS offers a range of information services based on our unique global and authoritative resources and on the expertise of staff at Kew.

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Each service is tailored to the needs of a specific audience and will enable more efficient and accurate use of plant names – reducing our clients' costs and facilitating more effective communication and better targeted research across the health sector. MPNS is actively engaged with partners in promoting global, industry-wide data standards.

To discover more about these services and how they can benefit your organisation, contact us at

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Checking and enriching your existing lists of plant names: We can correct spellings, propose updates to taxonomy, and enrich your datasets with all known synonyms for each plant. You will then be able to, for example, detect where you list a single plant more than once under alternative names, or embed unique digital identifiers into your databases to facilitate maintenance of data and future updates.

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Web Services

Connecting your IT systems to MPNS electronically, thus enabling you to validate names as they are entered, refresh your databases as plant names change, build comprehensive names indexes and undertake intelligent data mining.

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Vocabularies and Data Controls

Providing you with authoritative reference lists, ontologies, terminological controls and data subsets for use in enhancing your information systems locally.

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Enabling you to map your plant lists onto those plants cited in legislation or by other organisations or publications so as to understand overlaps, detect gaps and enhance communication.

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We can provide expert advice in the use and interpretation of medicinal plant names, as well as in devising workflows to capture and store scientific plant names appropriately and designing database structures to manage these names. MPNS also works closely with the Authentication Services for plant materials offered by Kew’s Innovation Unit (follow link below).

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Specialist training courses for people working with medicinal plant names to enable safe and efficient working practices. These courses may be run at Kew or on-site for larger clients.