Plant and fungal diversity, livelihoods, natural capital and RBG Kew

Autumn Science Lectures

Daubeny Lecture Theatre, Botanic Garden, Rose Lane, Oxford OX1 4AZ
£8 or £35 for the lecture series.
Cash only on the night.


Dr Paul Wilkin
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Dr Wilkin is Head of the Department of Natural Capital and Plant Health at Kew, which investigates the value of plant and fungal diversity to humankind and how it underpins provisioning, supporting and regulating ecosystem services.
Paul’s personal research is primarily on yams (Dioscorea), a genus that provides both dietary starch for millions and secondary compounds of considerable economic importance.
He uses methods including phylogenetics and population genetics to investigate crop, crop wild relative and edible/wild yam diversity with a view to improved livelihoods and economic innovation.
In this lecture, Paul will discuss groundbreaking research at Kew into the value of plants as ‘natural capital’.


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