Sustainable Use, Seeds and Solutions

Researching the beneficial impacts of plant and fungal diversity on human lives.

A market stall with akkoub, garlic and pineapples

Team lead: Dr Tiziana Ulian

Our team carries out research on the beneficial impacts of plant and fungal diversity on human livesprimarily in Least Developed Countries (LDCs), where nutritional, income, health and biodiversity conservation issues associated with plants and fungi are of paramount importance.

We provide a bridge between applied science and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Our research looks at global plant and fungal diversity to identify, conserve and restore priority indigenous plants and their uses for humanity: food security, human health and livelihoods.

We support local communities in partnership with external organisations worldwide by revealing the potential of neglected and underutilised native species through the conservation and use of seed collections.

With our expertise and knowledge of plant and fungal diversity, we support national institutions to help tackle challenges such as climate change and environmental sustainability. Our projects enable bio economic benefits for local communities.

We share our knowledge with global communities and partners through policy development, conservation and sustainable use programmes.

Team members

Senior research leader
Dr Tiziana Ulian

Research leaders
Dr Mauricio Diazgranados Cadelo
Dr William Milliken

Research fellows
Dr Martin Baruffol

Kew research fellow
Dr Efisio Mattana

Latin America projects coordinator 
Dr Elena Castillo Lorenzo

Useful Plants and Fungi of Colombia project manager
Dr David Hammond

Useful Plants and Fungi of Colombia project research editor
Rafael Felipe de Almedia

Useful Plants and Fungi of Colombia project assistant
Kaitlin White

Useful Plants and Fungi of Colombia project communications specialist
Maria del Pilar Mira

ColPlantA research assistant 
Fabio Avila

PhD students
Laura Kor

Projects