Kew’s Plant Assessment Unit
Accelerating the identification of plants threatened with extinction and increasing the knowledge available on the conservation status of less well-represented groups on the IUCN Red List.
With a background in conservation genetics, I have worked across Kew on both plant research and on facilitating access to its scientific resources. From October 2016, my role has been to coordinate Kew’s activities under the Plant Assessment Unit Project. An important question for conservation is understanding which plants are threatened, and whether their conservation status is changing. The conservation assessment team in which I work uses Kew’s wide resources to generate conservation assessments that will help answer these questions.
Maxted, N., Hargreaves, S., Kell, S. P., Amri, A., Street, K., Shehadeh, A., Piggin, J. & Konopka, J. (2012)
Bocconea 24: 115-146. Available online
Hargreaves, S., Maxted, N., Hirano, R., Abberton, M., Skøt, L. & Ford-Lloyd, B. (2010)
Conservation Genetics 11(4): 1317-1326. Available online
Maxted, N., Hargreaves, S., Kell, S.P., Amri, A., Street, K., Shehadeh, A., Piggin, J. & Konopka, J. (2010)
Paper given at XIII OPTIMA Meeting in Antalya, Turkey, 22– 26 March 2010
Maxted, N., White, K., Valkoun, J., Konopka, J. & Hargreaves, S. (2008)
Plant Genetic Resources - Characterization and Utilization 6: 126-141. Available online