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Prendergast, F. Grace

Job title: 

Micropropagation Specialist

Department: 
Jodrell Laboratory
Section: 
Conservation Biotechnology
Joined Kew: 

1983

Foreign languages: 

French, German, Portuguese

Qualifications and appointments: 
  • BSc, Applied Biology, Coventry Univ., 1988
  • PG Dip. Manag., Thames Valley Univ., 1995.
  • Vice Chair, Cypripedium committee (UK).
Role: 

Research into micropropagation and reintroduction of endangered orchid species, using symbiotic germination and in vitro techniques.

Research into seed storage, viability and germination, including symbiotic germination, fungal isolation and maintenance of orchid endophytes; In vitro propagation and acclimatization of orchids for ex situ conservation; Re-introduction, including UK Schedule 8 species such as Cypripedium calceolus, the Ladies slipper orchid, through liaison with conservation agencies; Collaborative research with scientists at Kew and other organizations; Training and managing staff, students and professional visitors.

Selected publications: 

Prendergast, G. (2002) 'Orchid Re-introductions – Orchid Conservation Through Propagation from Seeds' Conference Proceedings: Return of the Natives - The re-introduction of Native Species Back into Their Natural Habitat’ Conference. Peoples Trust for Endangered Species / MammAliens - A one day conference on Problems caused by Non-Native British Mammals. People's Trust for Endangered Species / Mammals Trust UK 2003.

Salman, R. S., Prendergast, F.G. & Roberts, P. (2002) Germination of Dactylorhiza fuchsii seeds using fungi from non-orchid sources. In Kindlmann, P., Willems, J.H. & Whigham, D.F. (eds) Trends and fluctuations and underlying mechanisms in terrestrial orchid populations. Leiden: Backhuys Publishers.