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Tuesday, 10 July 2012, 6:00PM
Barnard's Inn Hall

Human Livelihoods Depend on Wild Flowers: Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank explained

Dr Robin Probert

In this talk Dr Robin Probert explains why human livelihoods depend so much on wild plant diversity. He outlines the current threats to wild plants across the globe and how Kew's Millennium Seed Bank Partnership works to conserve plants and make seeds available for habitat repair, re-introduction and research. Current work in the UK that aims to restore wildflower meadows and other threatened habitats is also highlighted.

This is a part of the series of lectures held in partnership with the 2012 City of London Festival.
The other lectures include the following:
The Grande Messe des Morts and the Absence of God by David Cairns
City of London Festival Jubilee Lecture by Sir Andrew Motion
The Lost World of 1962 by Dominic Sandbrook

Trading Places and Travelling - Musical Legacies of the Hanseatic League by Dr Geoffrey Webber

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Dr Probert is the longest serving member of staff of RBG Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank (MSB), based at Wakehurst Place in West Sussex. He first joined Kew as an under-graduate student in 1974, soon after the fledgling seed bank had moved down from Kew Gardens to Wakehurst Place. He took up a permanent position in 1976 and after working as researcher in seed biology for over twenty years he now heads up the MSB’s Conservation & Technology section, comprising 22 staff and volunteers who are responsible for the day to day running of the seed bank and for solving seed problems through applied research. Dr Probert has published extensively in scientific journals, is a member of the MSB’s senior management team and chairs Kew’s new UK Native Seed Hub initiative.

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10 July 2012

Human Livelihoods Depend on Wild Flowers: Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank explained
Dr Robin Probert

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