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Stuppy, Wolfgang

Photo of Wolfgang Stuppy
Job title: 

Seed Morphologist

Department: 
Seed Conservation Department
Section: 
Botanical Information
Joined Kew: 

1999

Foreign languages: 

German, French, Spanish, Dutch, Afrikaans, Mandarin (basic)

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: 

Being the institute’s expert on seed anatomy and morphology; providing scientific expertise and leadership in seed and fruit morphology and anatomy for SCD and the MSB Partnership; providing leadership and focus for these disciplines within RBG Kew; using seed and fruit anatomy and morphology in a broader botanical and conservation context to engage and inspire a wide audience of specialists and non-specialists, in UK and worldwide, through lectures, presentations and publications.

Both these elements seek to advance and promote both seed biology, and the MSBP’s and RBG Kew’s broader science and conservation goals.

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 [Article first published online: 18 OCT 2013; DOI: 10.1111/plb.12115]  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

Stuppy, W. & Kesseler, R. & Harley, M. (2009). The Bizarre and Incredible World of Plants. Papadakis Publisher, London, UK  Available online