Forest Research Centre

Plant Diversity

The plant diversity programme is conducted by The Systematic Botany Section of this Centre. The Systematic Botany was established in 1963. A herbarium, however, was set up earlier in 1916. At present, the herbarium houses more than 250,000 plant specimens, which is the biggest collection in Malaysia.

The Section collects and identifies plants from within and outside Sabah. It also serves as a plant reference centre for researchers, as well as to plant taxonomists and exchange of specimens among herbaria has been a common practice. The herbarium also keeps dried fruit specimens (carpological collection), and fruits and flowers in ethanol-solution (spirit collection). There are more than 1,100 fruit specimens stored in the herbarium until today.

Research Projects
Some notable research projects conducted by this programme is The Tree Flora Project of Sabah and Sarawak, which involves the Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM), Sarawak Forestry Department (Botany Section), documents all the plant species (more than 100 plant groups) in Sabah and Sarawak. Two other projects undertaken by this Section such as "Use of Medicinal Utilization in Sabah" and "Use of Medicinal Plants among Various Communities in Sabah" is some of the continuos research subject which is beneficial for the natural-based medicine industry.

This Section has published numerous numbers of publications and also established a botanical journal, SANDAKANIA.
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