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Hay, Fiona R.

Job title: 

Collection Studies Team Manager

Seed Conservation
Joined Kew: 


Qualifications and appointments: 
  • BSc (Hons), Univ. Manchester, 1993
  • PhD, King's College, London, 1997
  • MSc, Birkbeck College, London, 2000.

Researching seed quality development, seed longevity, and germination with a view to optimising future use of seed bank collections.

Determination of the optimal time of harvest and the appropriate application of post-harvest treatments to maximise the quality – including potential longevity – of seed bank collections; comparative studies of seed longevity and understanding of the effects of storage environment – in particular, moisture content – on longevity; understanding the germination requirements of dormant seed collections.

Selected publications: 

Hay F.R. & Smith R.D. (2003). Seed Maturity: knowing when to collect seeds from wild plant species. In Smith, R.D., Dickie, J.D., Linington, S.H., Pritchard, H.W. & Probert, R.J. (eds) Seed Conservation: turning science into practice. Kew: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. 97-133

Hay, F.R., Mead, A., Manger, K., & Wilson, F.J. (2003). One-step analysis of seed storage data and the longevity of Arabidopsis thaliana seeds. Journal of Experimental Botany 54: 993-1011.

Hay FR (2003) Post-harvest physiology: seed banks. In Thomas, B., Murphy, D.J., & Murray, B.G. (eds) Encyclopedia of Applied plant sciences. Elsevier Science. 62-73.