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Probert, Robin

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Job title: 

Head MSB UK Conservation & Restoration Group

Seed Conservation
Conservation and Technology
Joined Kew: 


Qualifications and appointments: 
  • BSc (Hons), CNAA, 1976.
  • PhD, CNAA, 1983.
  • Former member of the Editorial Board of Seed Science Research and trustee of the International Society for Seed Science (ISSS).
  • Member of scientific programme committees for International Seed Testing Association (ISTA).
  • Reviewer of research grant applications for Austrian and South African funding agencies.

Management of Conservation and Technology Section, Member of Seed Conservation Department Senior Management Team and Chair of UK Native Seed Hub Steering Group.

To provide leadership and management for a multi-functional section comprising 22 staff and volunteers responsible for all aspects of the processing, banking, viability monitoring and distribution of seeds from the Millennium Seed Bank. Mainly applied research into the removal of constraints to seed conservation with a particular focus on improving seed quality and overcoming seed dormancy. Delivering technical support to the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership (MSBP) and technology transfer and training to MSB partners.

Selected publications: 

Merritt, D., Martyn, A. J., Ainsley, P. J., Young, R. E., Seed, L. U., Thorpe, M., Hay, F. R., Commander, L., Shackelford, N., Offord, C. A., Dixon, K. W. & Probert, R.* (2014). A continental-scale study of seed lifespan in experimental storage examining seed, plant and environmental traits associated with longevity. Biodiversity and Conservation 23(5): 1081-1104.

Hay, F. R. & Probert, R. (2013). Advances in seed conservation of wild plant species: A review of recent research. Conservation Physiology 1

Vandelook, F., Janssens, S. B. & Probert, R. J. (2012). Evolution of embryo size in Apiaceae: the key role of stabilizing selection. New Phytologist 195(2): 479-487.

Mondoni, A., Rossi, G., Orsenigo, S. & Probert, R. (2012). Climate warming could shift the timing of seed germination in alpine plants. Annals of Botany 110(1): 155-164.

Probert, R. J., Daws, M. I. & Hay. F. R. (2009). Ecological correlates of ex situ seed longevity: a comparative study on 195 species. Annals of Botany 104(1): 57–69.