My role involves oversight and co-ordination of Kew’s projects to collect, conserve and make available seed from the UK flora. My team’s activities comprise the UK component to the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership and it’s target to secure the safe storage of seed from 25% of the world’s bankable plant species whilst promoting plant conservation, sustainable utilisation of plant resources, habitat restoration and improvement of livelihoods.
Flagship projects within the UK Programme are the UK National Tree Seed Project and the UK Native Seed Hub. My main role is to ensure that the UK projects and activities are all running in a complimentary manner and that the resources and support are in place to maximise the efficiency of the UK Programme overall. I am also working with colleagues across Kew on activities to better understand, document and publish the constraints to seed banking the UK flora.
- BSc Environmental Biology, University of Liverpool, 1994
- MRes Environmental Science, University College London, 1996
Chapman, T., Miles, S., Trivedi, C., in press.
Capturing, protecting and restoring plant diversity in the UK: RBG Kew and the Millennium Seed Bank.
Plant Diversity. Available online
Gargiulo, R., Saubin, M., Rizzuto, G., West, B., Fay, M.F., Kallow, S., Trivedi, C., In press.
Genetic diversity in British populations of Taxus baccata L.: is the seed bank collection representative of the genetic variation in the wild?
Hoban, S., Kallow, S. & Trivedi, C. (2018).
Implementing a new approach to effective conservation of genetic diversity, with ash (Fraxinus excelsior) in the UK as a case study.
Biological Conservation 225: 10-21. Available online
Kallow, S. & Trivedi, C. (2017).
Collecting genetic variation on a small island.
In: Sniezko, R. A., Man, G., Hipkins, V., Woeste, K., Gwaze, D., Kliejunas, J. T., McTeague, B. A., tech. cords, 2017. Gene conservation of tree species—banking on the future. Proceedings of a workshop. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-963. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station: 129-136. Available online
Trivedi, C. & Kallow, S. (2017)
Benefits and challenges for gene conservation: a view from the UK national tree seed project.
In: Sniezko, R. A., Man, G., Hipkins, V., Woeste, K., Gwaze, D., Kliejunas, J. T., McTeague, B. A., tech. cords, 2017. Gene conservation of tree species—banking on the future. Proceedings of a workshop. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-963. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station: 44-47. Available online
Banking the UK’s seeds
Maintaining and enhancing the UK repository for seeds and associated knowledge, to increase the quality, quantity and diversity of native plant material available for research, conservation and habitat restoration in the UK.
UK Forest Genetic Resources Strategy
Developing collaboration to promote awareness and understanding of UK Forest Genetic Resources (FGR) for the conservation and sustainable use of trees and woodlands in the UK.
UK National Tree Seed Project
Ensuring that high quality, genetically diverse seed and associated data from UK trees and shrubs are available to support conservation and research.