Dr Ilia J Leitch, PhD - Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew - Senior Research Leader in Character Evolution

Dr Ilia J Leitch

PhD

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Senior Research Leader in Character Evolution

Richmond, Surrey | United Kingdom

Main Specialties: Other

Additional Specialties: Genome size, chromosomes, polyploidy

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Dr Ilia J Leitch, PhD - Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew - Senior Research Leader in Character Evolution

Dr Ilia J Leitch

PhD

Introduction

My research is focused on genomic characters such as genome size, chromosome organization, and DNA repeats (https://www.kew.org/science/our-science/projects/uncovering-the-genomic-diversity-of-plants) to (i) understand the origin, evolution and biological significance of the immense diversity of genomic characters across land plants, and (ii) determine how these characters impact at the whole plant level to influence how, when, and where plants grow and respond to global change.

I also coordinate the Plant DNA C-values database (https://cvalues.science.kew.org/) which comprises the most comprehensive compilation of genome size data for land plants and algae available on the internet. The latest release 7.1 (April 2019) contains data for over 12,000 species.

Primary Affiliation: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew - Richmond, Surrey , United Kingdom

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Experience

Jan 2015
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Senior Research Leader in Character Evolution
Comparative Plant and Fungal Biology

Publications

9Publications

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Polyploidy in the Conifer Genus : An Unexpectedly High Rate.

Front Plant Sci 2019 22;10:676. Epub 2019 May 22.

Laboratoire Biodiversité et Génomique Fonctionnelle, Faculté des Sciences, Université Saint-Joseph, Campus Sciences et Technologies, Beirut, Lebanon.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2019.00676DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6541006PMC
May 2019
2 Reads
3.637 Impact Factor

Remarkable variation of ribosomal DNA organization and copy number in gnetophytes, a distinct lineage of gymnosperms.

Ann Bot 2019 May;123(5):767-781

Institute of Biophysics, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Brno, Czech Republic.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/aob/mcy172DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6526317PMC
May 2019
2 Reads
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Genome size and karyotype evolution in the slipper orchids (Cypripedioideae: Orchidaceae).

Am J Bot 1998 May;85(5):681

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May 1998
2 Reads
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