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Di Sacco, Alice

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Job title: 

Germination Specialist

Seed Conservation
Conservation and Technology
Joined Kew: 


Foreign languages: 

English, Italian.

Qualifications and appointments: 
  • BSc Natural Science, Univ. Pisa (Italy), 2007.
  • MSc Management and Development of Natural Resources, Univ. Pisa (Italy), 2011.

Research into seed dormancy, germination, viability and longevity.

Solving seed germination and dormancy problems on MSB collections, conducting applied research to support ecological restoration, sustainable use and species re-introduction initiatives. Providing expert support to seed processing teams in the solving of seed germination / dormancy problems to improve the management and use of MSB collections. Conducting mainly collection-based research and data analysis to improve standard operating procedures for viability monitoring and to support the use of MSB collections both on site and in partner countries. Delivering training to partners and other visitors on-site and in-country in support of MSBP Technology Transfer Programme. Provision of tours for partners, visitors and media. Management of College Based Sandwich Course Student/s (CBSCS) and supervision of visiting researchers from MSBP partner countries. Collaboration with the UKNSH project conducting a seed quality survey and development of germination protocols for species with dormancy or establishment issues. Assisting with seed collection off site, both in the UK and abroad; harvesting of seeds from UKNSH seed production beds and glasshouse regeneration material. Review articles published in Samara magazine.

Selected publications: