Schoolchildren in the Sengerema district of Mwanza, Tanzania

Schoolchildren in the Sengerema district of Mwanza, Tanzania. Our scientists collected samples here in 2014 for the Schistosomiasis Consortium for Operational Research and Evaluation (SCORE) project.

Our expertise in taxonomy, systematics and mineralogy is driving research projects aimed at securing the future of our food, health and natural materials.

We are using the Museum’s collections alongside field and laboratory investigations to study wild relatives of food plants and their pests, predict the spread of disease, and find new ways to extract scarce elements sustainably and economically.

Future food

A team of scientists are mapping the distribution of wild species of food plants and the insects associated with them to help plant breeders prepare crops for the future.

Scanning for disease

The Museum’s genetic archive of schistosomiasis material supports groundbreaking research aimed at understanding and controlling this neglected tropical disease.

FAME and fortune

Our ore scientists are working to ensure the sustainable supply of raw materials for future generations in a major new European Commission-funded project.