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"Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003, Kew Gardens holds the world's largest collection of living plants, with more than seven million specimens. Kew employs more than 650 scientists and other staff, and its Millennium Seed Bank project has developed partners in 17 nations to secure the long-term conservation of more than 20,000 plant species."
Kew's director, Sir Peter Crane, has announced that he will resign his position there to accept a faculty appointment in the University of Chicago's Department of Geophysical Sciences effective July 1, 2006. Sir Peter served for seven years at Kew, and is an Associate of the National Academy of Sciences.