Sophie has been working since 2012 on Plant Heritage’s Threatened Plants Project, an innovative project which aims to list all cultivars ever grown in the UK and Ireland, assess which ones have become threatened in the trade and in cultivation, and establish conservation plans for the most worthy. During that time she has developed the level of integration of the project with the National Plant Collections® and devised tools for assessing potential and past collections. She also takes an active role in the conservation team of Plant Heritage and will be substantially increasing this in the near future.
Sophie previously worked at the National Botanic Garden of Belgium, investigating the use of pollen in Rubiaceae systematics. She studied Plant Biology and Ecology at the Free University of Brussels, Belgium, and has a particular interest in orchid taxonomy, having undertaken molecular and morphological research on the Angraecoid group.
Plant Heritage: Threatened Plants