Anne Dubéarnès has just started work on her Ph.D. Project on the genus Embelia under the supervision of John Parnell and Trevor Hodkinson. Her project is part financed by the UK branch of the Trinity Trust. Embelia is a large genus, with over 140 species, of largely Asian climbers that belongs to the Myrsinoideae sub-family of the Primulaceae (the Primrose family). The Myrsinoideae also, surprisingly, now contains the genus Cyclamen. Much remains to be discovered about the phylogeny, taxonomy and biogeography of Embelia and we look forward to hearing more of Anne's work as it progresses.