My role as Germination Specialist involves solving seed germination and dormancy problems on Millennium Seed Bank (MSB) collections. Also of interest is seed longevity, with the aim of removing constraints to seed storage. This role also provides essential support to the three seed processing teams in the Collections Department. Expert knowledge and understanding of seed germination and dormancy and seed viability theory is used to solve collection related problems and set viability monitoring intervals that underpin the effective management of the MSB’s collections thus reducing the risk of undetected viability loss and maximising the potential use of the collections for habitat repair or sustainable use projects.
- BSc (Hons) Biology, Univ. Sussex, 2004.
- MSc Plant Conservation, Univ. Sussex, 2008.
Davies, R.M.*, Newton, R.J.*, Hay, F.R. & Probert, R.J. (2016)
150-seed comparative longevity protocol – a reduced seed number screening method for identifying short-lived seed conservation collections
Seed Science and Technology 44: 569-584.
Alderton, E., Sayer, C.D., Davies*, R., Lambert, A.J. & Axmacher, J.C. (2017).
Biological Conservation 212: 105–110.
Davies, R., Nadarajan, J. & Prichard, H.W. (2009)
Cryopreservation of difficult-to-handle palm seed.
CryoLetters, 30: 382-397. Fundamental aspects of plant cryopreservation
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 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.
UK Flora Project
Enhancing the UK collections stored in the Millennium Seed Bank with a focus on threatened and useful species, and optimising the storage and germination protocols for these collections.