Forestry Research

Forestry research in Sabah dates back to 1842 when botanical collection was undertaken on Banggi Island near Kudat. The systematic research on the forests of Sabah, however, was consolidated much later in 1915 with the establishment of the Forestry Herbarium in Sandakan. Initially research was undertaken on tree flora & plant identification, timber testing and silviculture. The present building of the Forest Research Centre (FRC) was opened in 1974.

Currently, there are 11 different research programmes in FRC in support of sustainable forest management in Sabah.

Conventional Research Programme Non-Conventional Research Programme
Management of Natural Forests Plant Diversity
Plantation Silviculture Insect Diversity
Utilisation of Forest Products Ecotourism
Tree Breeding DNA Biotechnology
Soil and Watershed Phytochemistry / Bio-active compound
Pests and Diseases  

laboratoryExpertise / Research Officers
  Expertise / Officer Contact
Head of Forest Research Centre / Head of Research
  • Dr. Lee Ying Fah
Soil Science
  • Jupiri Titin
  • Esther Dyi Ka Mei
  • Dr. Rober C. Ong
  • Alexander Yuk Loong Hastie
  • Julsun@Joseph Sikui
  • Eyen Khoo
  • Richard@Joseph Majapun
  • Veronica S.Guanih
  • Chong Fung Yun@Rebecca
  • Dr. Reuben Nilus
  • Dr.Chey Vun Khen
Minor Forest Produce
  • Zamrie Imiyabir
  • Dr. Noreen Majalap
Tree Breeding
  • Maria Ajik
  • Kuina Kimjus
  • Ekne Betrece
Forest Plantation
  • Hj. Anuar Hj. Mohammad
  • Kelvin Pang Kat Nyen
Non-Forest Plantation
  • Jaffirin Lapongan
Wood Usage
  • James Josue
Wood Science
  • Dr. Sining Unchi
Forest Conservation
  • Dr. Joseph Tangah
  • George Hubert Petol
Systematic Botany / SAN Herbarium
  • John Baptist Sugau
  • Dr. Joan T. Pereira
  • Suzana Sabran
  • Andi Maryani Andi Mustapeng
  • Alviana Damit
  • Dr. Arthur Y.C. Chung
  • Jarry K. Lajanga
Environmental Education / Rainforest Discovery Center (RDC)
  • Bernadette D. Joeman
  • Phylesia Jill Rama
  • Arni Natalia Arpa

pagePeriodic Publications
FRC publishes several periodical publication, research papers and reports on a regular schedule. Below is the list of periodical publications published by this research center.

Periodic Publications
sepilok-bulletin-small Sepilok Bulletin
A journal of tropical forestry and related subjects. Published by the Forest Research Centre, Sabah Forestry Department, Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia.

ISSN: 1823-0067
sandakania-small SANDAKANIA
An occasional journal of plant systematics, morphology and natural history published by the Forest Research Centre, Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia
ISSN: 0128-5939

favourite placeResearch Complex 
Forest Research Centre located in Sepilok, Sandakan and the research complex consists of several buildings and visitors attraction which as follows:

Gnome-Zoom-In-32 Sandakan Herbarium (SAN)
This Herbarium is probably the most well-known reference facility of FRC, or even the Department. This is because the herbarium was set up way back in 1916. Other herbaria around the world know it as the SAN Herbarium. With its collections housed in a newly completed building, this Herbarium is among the best in the south-east Asian region. This herbarium store over 250,000 specimens from all over the Sabah state.
Gnome-Zoom-In-32 Wood Xylarium
FRC Wood Xylarium store over 5,000 wood samples from all over the Sabah state and as well woods from other countries namely United States, Korea, Brunei, Indonesia and many more.
Gnome-Zoom-In-32 FRC Nursery, Seed Bank & Gallery
This nursery and seed bank store approximately over 50,000 seedlings.
Gnome-Zoom-In-32 Rainforest Discovery Centre & Arboretum
Functioned as an education and recreation centre for public, it attracted tourist from all over the world and rated as exceptional traveller rating by TripAdvisor. This tourist attraction enable public to experience nature conveniently.
Gnome-Zoom-In-32 Insect Museum
This museum collected and store over 110,000 specimens of insects
Gnome-Zoom-In-32 Ethnobotanical Garden
This garden consists of plants that are used by humans ie. the local people of Sabah in their daily life used for supplements, local cuisine, traditional remedy and many more. An interesting informative garden.

cutDouble Tax Deduction 
Since January 2004, the Forest Research Centre of the Sabah Forestry Department has been recognised by the Federal Ministry of Finance as an Approved Research Institution under Section 34B of the Income Tax Act 1967. With this recognition, financial contribution made by companies to the Forest Research Centre for implementing research projects and using its services is eligible for double tax deduction.

question markDefinition of Research and Development (for the purpose of Double Tax Deduction)

Any systematic or intensive study carried out in the field of science or technology with the object of using the results of the study for the production or improvement of materials, devices, products, produce or processes, butdoes not include:
  • quality control or routine testing of materials, devices, products or produce;
  • research in social science or humanities;
  • routine data collection;
  • efficiency surveys or management studies; and
  • market research or sales promotion