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.
- BSc (Hons) Biology, Queen Mary College, London University, 1976
- PhD Computer-assisted plant identification, Westminster Univ. & Natural History Museum, London, 1979
Allkin, R. & 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: 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.