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Kendon, Jonathan

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Job title: 

Conservation Scientist

Jodrell Laboratory
Conservation Biotechnology
Joined Kew: 


Foreign languages: 

French (basic)

Qualifications and appointments: 
  • BSc (Hons) Plant Sciences, University of Durham, 2002
  • MSc Plant Conservation, University of Sussex, 2006

Initiation and development of diverse plant cultures for conservation and restoration

Role focuses on in vitro propagation and culture of species recalcitrant to conventional storage. Development of in vitro collecting methods to conserve threatened orchids of Madagascar. Production of propagation protocols for RBG Kew and partners worldwide. Research into viability of historic orchid seed collections at RBG Kew. Investigating effects of plant growth regulators on species in culture. Development of transplantation methods to improve survival of difficult plant groups on transferral to ex vitro conditions.

Selected publications: 

Seaton, P.T., Kendon, J.P., Pritchard, H.W., Puspitaningtyas, D.M., Marks, T.R. (2013). Orchid conservation: the next ten years. Lankesteriana 13 (1-2): 93-101. Available online

Barnicoat, H., Cripps, R., Kendon, J. & Sarasan, V. (2011). Conservation in vitro of rare and threatened ferns - case studies of biodiversity hotspot and island species. In Vitro Cellular and Developmental Biology-Plant 47: 37-45. Available online