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Manger, Kirstine (née May)

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Job title: 

Seed Collections Assistant

Department: 
Collections
Joined Kew: 

2000

Qualifications and appointments: 
  • BSc (Hons), Thames Polytechnic, 1989
Role: 

I assist with the daily processing of seed collections for long-term storage and conservation. This includes the initial receipt and assessment of incoming collections, checking the associated field data and accessioning on to the seed bank database. I perform cleaning, x-raying, counting, banking and germination testing of the received collections (this includes providing the germination conditions prior to testing). I also undertake regeneration and harvesting of relevant collections. I research seed dormancy issues and perform germination tests for a variety of known problematic collections.

Selected publications: 

Daws, M. I., Kabadajic, A., Manger, K., & Kranner, I. (2007). Extreme thermo-tolerance in seeds of desert succulents is related to maximum annual temperature. South African Journal of Botany 73: 262-265.

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.

Pritchard, H. W., Tompsett, P. B., Manger, K. & Smidt, W. J. (1995). The effects of moisture content on the low temperature responses of Araucaria hunsteinii seed and embryos. Annals of Botany 76: 79-88.

Dickie, J. B., May, K., Morris, S. V. A. & Titley, S. E. (1991). The effects of desiccation on seed survival in Acer platanoides L. and Acer pseudoplatanus L. Seed Science Research 1: 149-62.