Dr Efisio Mattana

Early Career Research Fellow


Ecosystem Stewardship


Sustainable Use, Seeds and Solutions


Seed biology, plant ecology, ex situ plant conservation of wild, threatened and neglected underutilised species.

I am an Early Career Research Fellow working in the Diversity and Livelihoods team of the Natural Capital and Plant Health Department. With a background in seed biology, plant ecology and ex situ plant conservation of wild, threatened and neglected underutilised species, I carry out research on seed collections to achieve plant conservation and sustainable use, collaborating closely with various teams in Kew's Science departments.

  • Undergraduate Studies, Natural Sciences, University of Cagliari, Cagliari, Italy, 2002
  • PhD, Environmental and Applied Botany, University of Cagliari, Cagliari, Italy, 2009
  • Postdoc Research Fellowship, University of Cagliari, Cagliari, 2009-2013
  • Kew Honorary Visiting Research Associate, 2011

Fernández‐Pascual, E., Mattana, E. & Pritchard, H. W. (2018).

Seeds of future past: climate change and the thermal memory of plant reproductive traits.

Biological Reviews 94: 439 - 456.

Mattana, E., Gomez‐Barreiro, P., Lötter, M., Hankey, A.J., Froneman, W., Mamatsharaga, A., Wilkin, P. & Ulian, T. (2018).

Morphological and functional seed traits of the wild medicinal plant Dioscorea strydomiana, the most threatened yam in the world.

Plant Biology 21: 519 - 522.

Ulian T., Sacandé, M., Hudson, A. & Mattana, E. (2017).

Conservation of indigenous plants to support community livelihoods: the MGU – Useful Plants Project. 

Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 60:  668-683.

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