Dr Bob Allkin

Programme Manager

Biography Plus

My role is to manage Kew's Medicinal Plant Names Services (MPNS) which is a key reference for global health regulators, natural product researchers, trade and practitioners, and provides a control vocabulary for ISO’s standard “Identification of Medicinal Products”. Currently we seek to expand these services to address the needs of those working with food supplements, allergens and poisonous plants.

Qualifications and appointments Plus
  • BSc (Hons) Biology, Queen Mary College, London University, 1976
  • PhD Computer-assisted plant identification, Westminster Univ. & Natural History Museum, London, 1979
Selected publications Plus

Allkin, R. and Patmore, K. [2018]

Mapping the Herbal Jungle

pp. 16-20 in WHO Uppsala Pharmocogilance Reports 78

Allkin, R. et al. (2017)

Chapter 4: Medicinal plants: current resource and future potential

In State of the World’s Plants (ed. Willis, K.) Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Dauncey, EA, Irving, J, Allkin, R. and Robinson, N. (2016)

Common mistakes when using plant names and how to avoid them

European Journal of Integrative Medicine 8 (5), 597-601

Paton, A., Allkin, R. Belyaeva, I., Dauncey, E., Govaerts, R. Edwards, S.E., Irving, J, Leon, C. and Nic Lughadha, E. (2016)

Plant name resources: building bridges with users

In Botanists of the twenty first century: roles, challenges and opportunities, UNESCO: Paris

Allkin, R. (2013)

Communicating safely and effectively using plant names. Traditional Medicines and Globalisation: the Future of Systems in Medicine 

Journal of Ethnopharmacology Special Volume. Chapter 13. pp 111 – 125, Maven

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