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Rudall, Paula J.

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Job title: 

Head, Comparative Plant and Fungal Biology

Comparative Plant and Fungal Biology
Qualifications and appointments: 
  • BSc (Hons), Univ. London
  • PhD, Univ. London
  • DSc, Univ. London, 2001
  • Linnean Gold Medal Winner for Botany, 2005
  • Corresponding member of the Botanical Society of America, 2007
  • Dahlgren Prizewinner in Botany, 2008
  • Systematics Association Council (1997–2009) & Grants/Awards committee (1999–2006),
  • Royal Society, Newton International Fellowships committee (2008–2011)
  • Editorial boards, Kew Bulletin, Flora (1990-2006), Systematics & Geography of Plants (1990-2006)
  • Conference co-organiser, Monocots I (Kew, 1993), Reproductive Biology (Kew, 1996), Iridaceae (Rome, 1998), Under the Microscope (Linnean Society, 1999)
  • Symposia co-organiser at several conferences, Monocots IV (Copenhagen 2008), EED2 (Ghent 2008), SEB (Canterbury 2008), IBC XVII (Vienna 2005), Monocots III (California 2003), IBC XVI (St Louis, USA, 1999)
  • Distinguished visiting research scholar, Adelaide University (1998)
  • Visiting research fellow, Universitá "La Sapienza" Rome (1997)

As Head of the Department of Comparative Plant and Fungal Biology, I help to co-ordinate integrated research to maximise the potential of Kew’s collections. My department incorporates Analytical Methods, Character Evolution, Comparative Fungal Biology, Integrated Monography and Comparative Seed Biology.

My personal research ranges from the organization of flowers and the patterning of petal surfaces, which are so important in attracting pollinating insects, to the intricate structure and development of the stomatal pores on the surfaces of leaves, which represent a vital interface with the environment.

Selected publications: 

Rudall, P.J., Hilton, J. & Bateman, R.M. (2013). Several developmental and morphogenetic factors govern the diversity of stomatal development in land plants (Tansley Review). New Phytologist 200: 598–614. doi:10.1111/nph.12406 Available online

Rudall, P.J., Eldridge, T., Tratt, J., Smith, S.Y., Ramsay, M.M., Tuckett, R.E., Collinson, M.E., Remizowa, M.V. & Sokoloff, D.D. (2009). Seed fertilization, development and germination in Hydatellaceae (Nymphaeales): implications for endosperm evolution in early angiosperms. American Journal of Botany 96: 1581–1593. doi:10.3732/ajb.0900033 Available online

Rudall, P.J., Remizowa, M.V., Prenner, G., Prychid, C.J., Tuckett, R.E. & Sokoloff, D.D. (2009). Non-flowers near the base of extant angiosperms? Spatiotemporal arrangement of organs in reproductive units of Hydatellaceae, and its bearing on the origin of the flower. American Journal of Botany 96: 67–82. doi: 10.3732/ajb.92.9.1432 Available online

Rudall, P.J. & Bateman R.M. (2007). Developmental bases for key innovations in the seed-plant microgametophyte. Trends in Plant Science 12: 317–326. Available online

Rudall, P.J., Stuppy, W., Cunniff, J., Kellogg, E. A. & Briggs, B.G. (2005). Evolution of reproductive structures in grasses (Poaceae) inferred by sister-group comparison with their putative closest living relatives, Ecdeiocoleaceae. American Journal of Botany 92: 1432–1443. doi:10.3732/ajb.92.9.1432 Available online