Dorian Fuller on BBC Radio 4

11 August 2014

Dorian Fuller collecting oryza nivara in Orissa

Dorian Fuller was interviewed recently for the new BBC Radio 4 programme 'Plants: From Roots to Riches'.

The series, which has been created in partnership with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and presented by Kew’s Director of Science, Professor Kathy Willis, features unprecedented access to the rich heritage and ongoing work of scientists at one of the world’s oldest botanical institutions.

Dorian, who regularly collaborates with colleagues at Kew, was interviewed during a recent research visit there. He contributed to the episode entitled 'Hunt for Diversity' which explored the pioneering work of Russian botanist Nikolai Vavilov in the 1920s and his search for pools of genetic variability among crop plants in their wild habitats.

Dorian is currently leading the Comparative Pathways towards Agriculture (ComPag) project, funded by the European Research Council which aims to provide the first comparative synthesis for the domestication of plants and transition to agriculture at a global level. He is also leading NERC-funded research on the evolution of rice systems from China to Southeast Asia and the impact of past agricultural activities on global climate.

All episodes of the BBC Radio 4 series will be kept online forever, creating a rich and unique resource charting the birth of modern botany through to the modern day.

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