Love, Beauty, and Struggle in the Palm Family:
Three short genetic tales recounted by Dr Sidonie Bellot
Dr Sidonie Bellot is a researcher at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew in London, where she arrived in 2016, barely able to tell a palm from a cycad... except if presented with their DNA!
Indeed, it is not her knowledge of palms that convinced Dr Bill Baker (palm specialist at RBG Kew) to hire Sidonie, but her ability to decipher the stories told by plant genomes.
Sidonie studied biology in France, her home country, and went on to do a PhD . . .