Malaysia - Singapore - Brunei Darussalam - Indonesia - Philippines - Papua New Guinea

5th International Flora Malesiana Symposium

9-14 September 2001, SYDNEY, Australia

Status of Botany in Malesian Countries Mini-symposium

a symposium on the state of resources, infrastructure and progress within individual Malesian countries

Co-ordinator: Marco Roos (


Conference and Symposium: Royal Botanic Gardens, SYDNEY, Australia


A mini-symposium on the Status of Botany is being run as part of the 5th International Flora Malesiana Symposium in Sydney, 9-14 September, 2001.

This mini-symposium will provide an update on the current activities and projects within each Malesian country, including such things as local floras, so we are all aware of the botanical opportunities and capabilities in the region. As such it should complement the rest of the symposium programme by providing an indication of the research taking place that can lead to greater knowledge of the plant biodiversity of Malesia and ultimately can be harnessed to contribute to Flora Malesiana itself. It will also incorporate presentations from people involved in adjacent projects for example, national/local floras, fieldwork, conservation projects, that may be able to contribute to FM or alternatively determine their demand for information.

Presentations will be in the form of presented papers and/or poster displays.

This mini-symposium will be programmed and run to fit in with, and be a part of, the main Flora Malesiana Symposium.

Tentative program:





Roos, M.

National Herbarium of the Netherlands

Introduction: a decade of FM and how to revitalize momentum


Amoroso, V.


Updates on Philippine ferns and fern allies, and cryptogamic research

Darnaedi, D.

Bogor Botanic Gardens - LIPI

Indonesia: living plants, local floras and human resources in relation to FM

Gideon, O.


PNG: PNG and future prospects for FM



Indonesia: a national herbarium, a national interest, a Worldbank programme, a regional flora and capacity building

Kiew, R.

Singapore Botanic Gardens

Singapore: FM and local floras

Middleton, D.

Harvard University


Nais, J.


Malaysia: FM, applied research, conservation and a global botanical hotspot

Saw Leng Guan

(& E. Soepadmo?)


Malaysia: FM, capacity building and local flora projects

Sri S. Tjitrosoedirdjo


A regional biological research centre, applied objectives and FM

Field Trips

Pre- and mid-conference field trips and excursions are being organized.

Organizers and Sponsors

The 5th International Flora Malesiana Symposium is being organized by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney and the Centre for Plant Plant Biodiversity Research and Australian National Herbarium, Canberra, on behalf of the Flora Malesiana Foundation, Leiden.

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Updated 9 August, 2001 by Murray Fagg ( )