The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is to collaborate in a new research partnership with the University of Sussex. Conservation of endangered plant species and the discovery of new medicinal uses for plants are among the research areas being considered. The partnership is the latest development in a growing relationship between Kew and the university. Sussex postgraduate students in plant conservation are taught by Sussex staff and by staff at Kew's Millennium Seed Bank in Wakehurst Place near Haywards Heath. Bob Allison, pro vice-chancellor for research at Sussex, said: "We're sowing the seeds for exciting new research, and I anticipate a fruitful partnership."