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Eastwood, Ruth

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Job title: 

Crop Wild Relative Project Co-ordinator

Seed Conservation
Collecting and Network Support
Joined Kew: 


Foreign languages: 

Spanish (Basic)

Qualifications and appointments: 
  • MA Biological Sciences, Univ. Oxford, 2005
  • DPhil 'Systematics of Andean Lupinus and the origin of Lupinus mutabilis' Univ. Oxford, 2006
  • Seed Information Database Assistant, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (2007-2008)
  • ENSCONET Data Assistant, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (2008-2009)
  • Partnership Assistant, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (2009-2011)

I co-ordinate Kew’s activities within the 'Adapting Agriculture to Climate Change' project, otherwise known as the Crop Wild Relative (CWR) project and for this I participate in the Global Crop Diversity Trust management team.

Within Kew, I oversee the various aspects of the project including germination optimisation, botanical data collection, gap analysis of existing collections, seed collection, curation and redistribution of seed material and associated data. I manage and monitor Kew’s project progress ensuring delivery of milestones and prepare material for reports.

As Deputy Chair of the Wakehurst Sustainability Team I organise the monthly meetings, manage the Environmental Incidents and Complaints log, produce SUSWAK News and keep the Wakehurst Sustainability pages up to date.

Selected publications: 

Dempewolf, H.D., Eastwood, R.J., Guarino, L., Khoury, C.K., Müller, J.V. (2014) Adapting agriculture to climate change: A global 10 year project to collect and conserve crop wild relatives. Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems 28, 369-377.

Eastwood, R.J., Cody, S., Westengen, O., von Bothmer, R. (2014) Conservation Roles of the Millennium Seed Bank and the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. In: Crop Wild Relatives and Climate Change, eds M.S. Swaminathan, C. Fowler, S.S. Yadav, R. Redden, L. Snook, A. Jarvis, E. Dulloo, L. Guarino, M. Ambrose, P. Smith. CABI, Wallingford, UK.

Vincent, H., Wiersema, J., Kell, S.P., Fielder, H., Dobbie, S., Casteñeda-Álvarez, N., Guarino, L., Eastwood, R., Leœån, B., Maxted, N. (2013) A prioritised crop wild relative inventory to help underpin global food security. Biological Conservation 167: 265-275. Available online.

Müller, J.V., Eastwood, R.J., Linington, S.H. (2012) ENSCONET – A Milestone for European Seed Conservation. Studi Trentini di Scienze Naturali 90, 209-210.

Hughes, C.E. & Eastwood, R.J. (2006) Island radiation on a continental scale: exceptional rates of plant diversification after uplift of the Andes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 103, 10334-10339. Available online