Dr Elinor Breman

Senior Research Leader


Enhanced Partnerships


Millennium Seed Bank Partnership


Conservation, notably of seeds, and sustainable use of plants, improvement of livelihoods and habitat restoration. Data management, palaeoecology, ecology

I have been working in seed conservation at RBG Kew since 2013. During this time I have helped shape and develop the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership (MSBP) through a variety of roles. I currently oversee the projects and partnerships that comprise the MSBP as the head of the Seed Conservation Team at Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank. We work together with international partners around the world to ensure the future of wild plant species.

  • DPhil, Palaeoecology, University of Oxford, 2010 (Pattern and process in grass-dominated ecosystems: vegetation dynamics at the grassland-savanna ecotone in South Africa during the Holocene)
  • MSc, Forestry and its Relation to Land Use, University of Oxford, 2000
  • MA, Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge, 1998

Breman, E., Détraz-Méroz, J., Terry, J. & Lambelet, C. (2019)

Ex situ conservation storage potential of Saxifraga (Saxifragaceae) bulbils from alpine species.

Biologia 74:1621–1625.

Breman, E. (2019).

Saving the future: conservation in action. The Millennium Seed Bank of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

The Jane Grigson Memorial Lecture. Proceedings of the Oxford Food Symposium.

Liu, U., Kenney, S., Breman, E. & Cossu, T. A. (2019). 

A multicriteria decision making approach to prioritise vascular plants for species-based conservation.

Biodiversity and Conservation 234: 221-240.

Rivière, S., Breman, E., Kiehn, M., Carta, A., & Müller, J. V. (2018).

How to meet the 2020 GSPC target 8 in Europe: priority-setting for seed banking of native threatened plants.

Biodiversity and Conservation 27: 1873–1890.

Liu, U., Breman, E., Cossu, T. & Kenney, S. (2018).

The conservation value of germplasm stored at the Millennium Seed Bank, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK.

Biodiversity and Conservation 27: 1347.

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