David Hickmott

Seed Collections Assistant


Science Operations


Science Collections


Seed Banking, Germination Testing, Xraying, Seed Cleaning. MSB Volunteers. SUSWAK

I am a member of one of the processing teams within the seed collections section at Kew's Millennium Seed Bank. Work undertaken includes: initial receipt and assessment of incoming collections, followed by the cleaning, x-raying, counting, banking and germination testing of new accessions. Regeneration and harvesting of relevant collections is performed along with seed-collecting both in the UK and worldwide. Research into seed dormancy and germination issues of various collections to assess viability is also carried out.

I also carry out these additional roles:

  • Duty Scientist for the Millennium Seed Bank
  • Volunteer Coordinator for the Millennium Seed Bank
  • Member of the Herbarium Team for the Millennium Seed Bank
  • Member of the Wakehurst Sustainability Group - Energy Auditor and Data Compiler
  • Joint Health and Safety Representative for the Conservation and Technology Section

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