Banana Bunchy Top Virus Mitigation
Widening Kew’s collection of wild banana seeds for research and crop improvement.Banana Bunchy Top Virus Mitigation
The Seed Collection team is responsible for all aspects of curation of the Millennium Seed Bank’s seed collections, associated data and Herbarium specimens.
This involves taking seed samples through cleaning, x-raying, counting, long term storage at -20°C, germination testing and seed distribution.
We train partners from the UK and overseas in all areas of seed conservation. Our germination specialists develop schemes for breaking seed dormancy and protocols for processing and storing seeds of short lived species. We develop protocols for the back up storage of seeds in vapour phase liquid nitrogen.
Senior research leader
Dr John Dickie
Seed collections manager
Early career research fellow
Dr Si-Chong Chen
Seed bank data resources assistant
Dr Tiziana Cossu