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Davies, Rachael

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Job title: 

Germination Specialist

Seed Conservation
Conservation and Technology
Joined Kew: 


Qualifications and appointments: 
  • BSc (Hons) Biology, Univ. Sussex, 2004.
  • MSc Plant Conservation, Univ. Sussex, 2008.

Research into seed dormancy, germination, viability and longevity.

Responsible for solving seed germination and dormancy problems on Millennium Seed Bank (MSB) collections. Also of interest is seed longevity (particularly in families that are thought to be short-lived in the seed bank) with the aim of removing constraints to seed storage. This specialist role provides essential support to the three seed processing teams in the Conservation and Technology section of the Seed Conservation Department. Expert knowledge and understanding of seed germination and dormancy and seed viability theory is used to solve collection related problems and set viability monitoring intervals that underpin the effective management of the MSB’s collections thus reducing the risk of undetected viability loss and maximising the potential use of the collections for habitat repair or sustainable use projects.

Selected publications: 

Davies, R., Nadarajan, J. & Prichard, H.W. (2009). Cryopreservation of difficult-to-handle palm seed. EU COST ACTION 871 Abstracts. CryoLetters, 30: 382-397. Fundamental aspects of plant cryopreservation