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Alton, Steve

Job title: 

Seed Donations Officer

Seed Conservation
Joined Kew: 
Qualifications and appointments: 

BSc (Hons) Biology, Univ. of York, 1988


Development and management of seed conservation projects with partners in New Zealand, Mauritius, the UK and its Overseas Territories.

Responsible for the development and management of partnerships between RBG Kew and organisations in countries not covered by the Millennium Seed Bank Project's major ABSA-mediated Country Projects. Main duties include: seeking out and subsequently co-ordinating collaborations between Kew and partner institutions; building local plant conservation capacity through training and advice provision; seeking and subsequently administering external sources of funding, where necessary, to facilitate the above; managing, supporting and encouraging the involvement of local staff and volunteers in on-going seed conservation projects.

Selected publications: 

Alton, S. (2004). The Millennium Seed Bank Project international programme. Journal of Botanic Gardens Conservation International 1 (1): 15-16.

Alton, S. & Linington, S. (2001). The UK Flora Programme of the Millennium Seed Bank Project: the outcome of a collaboration between volunteers and professionals. Plant Genetic Resources Newsletter (128): 1-10.


Alton, Steve