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Science  02 Jun 2006:
Vol. 312, Issue 5778, pp. 1307d
DOI: 10.1126/science.312.5778.1307d

CROSSING HEMISPHERES. An expert on evolution and conservation biology in the world's oldest landscapes has been named director of the U.K.'s Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Stephen Hopper, a professor of plant conservation biology at the University of Western Australia in Perth, will succeed Peter Crane in October (Science, 25 November 2005, p. 1275).

Hopper, 54, has done research in southwest Australia, South Africa's Cape region, and the Venezuela-Guiana highlands and is former chief of Kings Park and Botanic Garden in Perth. Calling Kew's 250-year-old collection of 7 million specimens an “unparalleled library and herbarium,” Hopper says he's eager to expand Kew's international work on biodiversity, including a project to store germ plasm from 10% of Earth's flora. He also hopes to increase public access to the collections.

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