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Sutcliffe, Vanessa J. (née Bertenshaw)

Seed Conservation
Collecting and Network Support
Joined Kew: 


Foreign languages: 

French, Spanish (basic), Italian (basic), Latin (GCSE)

Qualifications and appointments: 
  • Technology Specialist, RBG Kew, 2005 - 2010
  • Seed Conservation Assistant, RBG Kew, 2003 - 2005
  • MSc, Biological Diversity, Univ. Plymouth, 2001
  • BSc (Hons), Biological Sciences, Univ. Exeter, 1998

I am responsible for organising and delivering training and technical support, both in the UK and in-country, to enable partners to process and store seeds to agreed technical standards for seed conservation. Review and development of resource materials, to support the training programme, is integral to this role.

I have published web pages for Kew’s ‘Difficult’ Seeds Project, containing information pages for more than 100 species, to help gene bank technicians to overcome constraints to long-term seed storage of ‘difficult to store’, under-utilised crop species.

I am project manager to a new partnership between Kew and Garden Organic, a UK national charity promoting organic growing, to support exchange and conservation of heritage and traditional varieties of vegetable and fruit.

Selected publications: