We study the taxonomy, classification and evolution of economically and ecologically important plants.
Conducting fundamental research on the classification and evolution of plants.
The Integrated Monography team studies taxonomy, classication and evolution of the most economically and ecologically important groups of plants, such as the aloe, grass, legume, myrtle, orchid and palm families. These include the relatives of food crops such as wheat, rice, soy, oil palm and coconut, timbers such as eucalypts and rosewoods, and natural products such as Aloe vera.
We discover and describe species on a global scale, uncovering their evolutionary relationships. Our methods combine plant taxonomic expertise with -omics technologies to complete the tree of life for focal plant groups and unlock fundamental biodiversity knowledge for the broadest audiences.
Our collections, which have been developed and refined by generations of experts, are the cornerstone of our research. They have enabled us to develop unrivalled expertise in our focal groups and collaborative partnerships across the world.
Senior research leader
Dr Olwen Grace
Dr Natalia Przelomska
Honorary research associates
Dr Soejatmi Dransfield
John Michael Lock
Dr Barbara Mackinder
Dr Brian Schrire
A collaborative network working to identify plants using molecular techniques.
Alien, native, and endemic grasses of Madagascar
Building up knowledge of grasses in Madagascar.
Native grass pasture management to feed people and protect forests
Working to establish a recommended pasture management scheme and fire regime in Madagascar.