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Butler, Laura H.

Job title: 

PhD Student

Seed Conservation
Joined Kew: 


Foreign languages: 

French, German (basic), Spanish (basic)

Qualifications and appointments: 
  • BSc (Hons), Biology, Univ. Durham, 2001
  • MSc, Conservation and¬†Utilisation of Plant Genetic Resources, Univ. Birmingham, 2003

Seed development and maturity; how to make high quality, uniform collections and improve the quality of immature collections

Seed development studies (development of the ability to germinate, the ability to tolerate desiccation and seed longevity), working with Trifolium ambiguum, both at the population and individual seed level, to determine sources of variation in seed development, and whether these can be minimised. Post-harvest maturation studies with Digitalis purpurea, particularly focusing on the effect of drying rate and drying environment on seed quality. The effect of drying followed by re-hydration on seed maturation processes. Differences in response to re-hydration (or priming) in maturing and fully mature, dry seed. Maintenance of seed viability at very high moisture content, and implications of this for developing seeds.

Selected publications: