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Manger, Kirstine (née May)

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Job title: 

Seed Processing Assistant

Department: 
Seed Conservation
Section: 
Conservation and Technology
Joined Kew: 

2000

Qualifications and appointments: 

BSc (Hons), Thames Polytechnic, 1989

Role: 

Processing and curation of seed bank collections.

To 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. Cleaning, x-raying, counting, banking and germination testing of the received collections is performed and if necessary, regeneration and harvesting of relevant collections. Research into dormancy issues and germination testing for a variety of collections is also undertaken.

Selected publications: 

Manger K.R., Adams J., Probert R.J. (2003). Selecting seed containers for the Millennium Seed Bank Project – a technical review and survey. In: Seed Conservation; turning science into practice ed. Smith, R.D., Dickie, J.D., Linington, S.H., Pritchard, H.W., & Probert, R.J. Kew: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. 637-652

Probert, R.J., Manger, K.R. & Adams, J. (2003). Non-destructive measurement of seed moisture. In: Seed Conservation; turning science into practice, ed. Smith, R.D., Dickie, J.D., Linington, S.H., Pritchard, H.W., & Probert, R.J, pp.367-387 Kew: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Pritchard H.W., Tompsett P.B. & Manger K.R. (1996). Development of a thermal time model for the quantification of dormancy loss in Aesculus hippocastanum seeds. Seed Science Research 6: 1-9.

Pritchard H.W., Wood J.A. & Manger K.R. (1993). Influence of temperature on seed germination and the nutritional requirements for embryo growth in Arum maculatum L. New Phytologist 123: 801-809.