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Stuppy, Wolfgang

Photo of Wolfgang Stuppy
Job title: 

Research Leader, Comparative Seed Biology

Department: 
Comparative Plant and Fungal Biology
Joined Kew: 

1999

Foreign languages: 

German, French, Spanish, Dutch, Afrikaans

Qualifications and appointments: 
  • Dipl.-Biol. (MSc equivalent), Univ. Kaiserslautern, 1990
  • Dr. rer. nat. (PhD equivalent), Univ. Kaiserslautern, 1996
  • Secretary, Cactus & Succulent Specialist Group, IUCN-SSC
  • Secretary, International Organization for Succulent Plant Study (1999-2004)
Role: 

I am Kew's expert on seed and fruit anatomy and morphology. In this role I provide globally rare scientific expertise in this rarely studied field. So far, my research interests have mainly included the comparative structure and development of fruits and seeds. In my new role as Research Leader in Comparative Seed Biology I will also study the significance of co-adaptive animal dispersal syndromes in the context of conservation and restoration. I am also very keen on communicating Kew’s science to wider specialist and non-specialist audiences through lectures, presentations and publications such as popular scientific books (see publications).

Selected publications: 

Kesseler, R. & Stuppy, W. (2014). Seeds - Time Capsules of Life, 3rd edition. Papadakis Publisher, London, UK in collaboration with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Available online

Mattana, E., Stuppy, W., Fraser, R., Waller, J. & Pritchard, H. (2013). Dependency if seed dormancy types on embryo traits and environmental conditions in Ribes species. Plant Biology 16: 740-747.  Available online

Stuppy, W. & Kesseler, R. (2013). Fruit - Edible, Inedible, Incredible, 3rd edition. Papadakis Publisher, London, UK in collaboration with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Available online

Ritz, C., Reiker, J., Charles, G., Hoxey, P., Hunt, D. R., Lowry, M., Stuppy, W. & Taylor, N. (2012). Molecular phylogeny and character evolution in terete-stemmed Andean opuntias (Cactaceae-Opuntioideae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 65: 668-681. Available online

Xia, K., Daws, M. I., Stuppy, W., Zhou, Z-K. & Pritchard, H. W. (2012). Rates of water loss and uptake in recalcitrant fruits of Quercus species are determined by pericarp anatomy. PLoS ONE 7: e47368. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0047368.