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Prof Hugh W. Pritchard: Project Leader

Phil Seaton: Project Manager

After teaching biology in a small college, Phil Seaton took early retirement to work in orchid conservation, and is currently Project Manager for OSSSU, based at the Seed Conservation Department of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew at Wakehurst Place. Phil has a BSc in Applied Biology (Hons Biochemistry) and received his MPhil in 1985 for his research into orchid seed storage, and studies of changes in the flask atmosphere as orchid seedlings grow and develop in axenic culture. Phil's passion for orchids and their conservation began whilst teaching, and he has been an amateur grower for more than 30 years. He was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship in 2000 to travel to Cuba, Mexico, Costa Rica and Ecuador to study the ex situ conservation of orchids. He is a Trustee of Orchid Conservation International and Chair of the Ex situ Conservation Group of the IUCN Orchid Specialist Group. He is a frequent speaker at international orchid conferences. He is a past editor of the Orchid Review, and is a regular contributor to popular orchid publications, writing on a wide range of orchid related topics. Phil is a past winner of the American Orchid Society Dillon/Peterson Memorial Essay Competition for Pest Control: My Way. Together with Margaret Ramsay, Head of the Micropropagation Unit at Kew, he is co-author of Growing Orchids from Seed, published by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

For more information about OSSSU please contact either Hugh Pritchard at h.pritchard@kew.org or Phil Seaton at p.seaton@kew.org