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Kew Publishing success at Royal Society of Biology Book Awards

We are delighted to announce that two Kew Publishing titles have won prizes at the Royal Society of Biology 2015 Book Awards.

Winner of the Postgraduate Textbook Prize

Curating Biocultural Collections 
by Jan Salick, Katie Konchar and Mark Nesbitt (published in association with Missouri Botanical Garden)

Biocultural collections cross the boundary between nature and culture, documenting the remarkable richness and diversity of human engagements with the natural world. Written and edited by experts from around the world, Curating Biocultural Collections demonstrates the central importance of such collections for research, and draws on a wide range of expertise and case studies to show how they should be cared for.

The judges said: 'A stunningly visual and engaging book with a crisp, clear and example rich style. It captivates the reader with its breadth of topics and range of examples, case studies and photographs'.

About the editors

Jan Salick is Senior Curator at Missouri Botanical Garden and has helped lead ethnobotany to become a quantitative science, international in scope and active in global policy. Katie Konchar is a biologist and botanist with a M.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Mark Nesbitt is curator of the Economic Botany Collection at Kew, and his research interests centre on botany and empire in the nineteenth century, and on the history and current day management of botanical collections.

Highly Commended for the Postgraduate Textbook Prize

On the Forests of Tropical Asia
by Peter Ashton (published in association with the Arnold Arboretum)

This truly unique book is the first comprehensive account of all the forests of one tropical continental region, ever. It presents the knowledge and opinions of a world expert and scholar, who has a lifetime of experience working in the field and contributing to the literature.

The judges said: 'A seminal work that is a tour de force of scientific scholarship and lucid writing. It is a splendid one stop shop to our knowledge and understanding of the Tropics'.

About the author

Peter Ashton first entered the forests of tropical Asia in 1957 as Forest Botanist in the Sultan Omar of Brunei’s government and spent a further five years as Forest Botanist in the Sarawak government. After serving in the botany faculty of Aberdeen University, he was appointed Director of the Arnold Arboretum and Arnold Professor of Botany at the University of Harvard, USA, and later was Bullard Professor of Forestry. 

Congratulations and thanks

We would like to take this opportunity to thank and congratulate the authors and collaborators of these important additions to scientific literature, and are honoured to have the Society’s recognition and commendation for these books.