The Legume Section of the Herbarium has over 600,000 specimens of the
nearly 18,000 species in the family.
In addition to 6 staff, several post-doctoral researchers and
post-graduate students comprise a unit which undertakes a wide range
of studies in the Leguminosae. These include monographic studies,
floristic accounts, assessments of biodiversity and economic potential
of particular groups in the family, compiling and editing databases,
checklists and inventories, and activating a network of international
research contacts and field programmes consolidated by periodic
conferences and workshops. Research in the unit utilises ontogenetic,
molecular and cladistic analytical techniques to elucidate
relationships at the generic and tribal level in the family.
The work of the Legume Section is supported by specialised units
within the Herbarium, including the Palynological Unit and the
Economic Botany & Conservation sections, and in the Jodrell
Laboratory, including the Sections of Anatomy, Biological
Interactions, Cytogenetics, Molecular Systematics, Seed Physiology and
the Seed Bank. Support is also available through the extensive
facilities of the Living Collections Department.
The Bean Bag
The Bean Bag is a newsletter to promote communication among research scientists
concerned with the systematics of the Leguminosae/Fabaceae. Editing
and compiling of The Bean Bag takes place at USDA, Beltsville, Maryland,
USA. Since the November 1994 issue, distribution of The Bean Bag is
undertaken by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. The Directory lists all current
Recent Publications of the Unit.
- Crisp M.D. & Doyle, J.J. (editors). 1995. Advances in Legume
Systematics 7: Phylogeny, 384pp. Royal Botanic Gardens Kew.
- Ferguson, I.K. & Tucker, S.C. (editors). 1994. Advances in Legume
Systematics 6: Structural Botany, 259 pp. Royal Botanic Gardens Kew.
- Herendeen, P.S. & Dilcher, D.L. (editors). 1992. Advances in
Legume Systematics 4: The Fossil Record, 326pp. Royal Botanic Gardens,
- Polhill, R.M. 1994. Classification of the Leguminosae. In:
F.A. Bisby, J. Buckingham & J.B. Harborne (editors), Phytochemical
Dictionary of the Leguminosae, 1: 35-56. Chapman & Hall, London.
- Sprent, J.J. & McKey, D (editors). 1994. Advances in Legume
Systematics 5: The Nitrogen Factor, 241 pp. Royal Botanic Gardens Kew.
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