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Mueller, Jonas V.

Jonas Mueller
Job title: 

Senior Research Leader, Seed Conservation

Conservation Science
Joined Kew: 


Foreign languages: 

German, French, Spanish (basic).

Qualifications and appointments: 
  • Dipl.-Biol. (MSc equivalent), Univ. Freiburg, 1999
  • Dr. phil. nat. (PhD equivalent), Univ. Frankfurt, 2003
  • Co-Editor, Basic and Applied Dryland Research (2005-2007)
  • Competence Network, DesertNet (2000-2003)
  • Chairman, ENSCONET Consortium (2010-present)

As Senior Research Leader, Seed Conservation, I am leading a research group and a team of partnership co-ordinators. I am responsible for maintaining and expanding the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership with its individual projects and technical networks. We aim to have 25% of the world’s bankable plant species collected and safely stored at Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank and partner seed banks worldwide.

I am a plant ecologist with a wide range of research interests. In my research, I study individual plant behaviour (for example, seed germination) in relation to environmental factors and the responses of plants to human interference on different time and spatial scales. I am also particularly interested in Crop Wild Relatives and the contribution these plants make towards global food security.

Selected publications: 

Abeli, T., Orsenigo, S., Guzzon, F., Fae, M., Balestrazzi, A., Carlsson-Graner, U., Müller, J. V., Mondoni, A. (2014). Geographical pattern in the response of the arctic-alpine Silene suecica (Cariophyllaceae) to the interaction between water availability and photoperiod. Ecological Research. DOI 10.1007/s11284-014-1225-3

Dempewolf, H., Eastwood, R.J., Guarino, L., Khoury, C.K., Müller, J.V., Toll, J. (2014) Adapting Agriculture to Climate Change: A Global Initiative to Collect, Conserve, and Use Crop Wild Relatives. Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems 38(4): 369-377 Available online

Carta, A., Bedini, G., Müller, J.V. & Probert, R. (2013) Comparative seed dormancy and germination of eight annual species of ephemeral wetland vegetation in a Mediterranean climate. Plant Ecology 214 (2): 339-349 Available online

Müller, J.V. (2013) Floristic and structural pattern and current distribution of tiger bush vegetation in Burkina Faso (West Africa), assessed by means of belt transects and spatial analysis. Applied Ecology and Environmental Research 11 (2): 153-171. Available online

Müller, J.V., Sieglstetter, R. & Csontos, P. (2012) A multivariate approach to identify vegetation belts: gallery forest and its surrounding savanna along the river Kota in north Benin. Plant Biosystems 146(4): 878-888. Available online