An Approach towards Cultivation and Sustainability of Medicinal Plants

Author

Aminah H., Farah Fazwa M.A. and Lokmal N.
Forest Research Institute Malaysia, 52109 Kepong, Selangor
Tel: 03-62797124  E-mail: aminahfrim.gov.my

Language

English

Title

An Approach towards Cultivation and Sustainability of Medicinal Plants

Proceeding

Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Seminar (MAPS 2010)

Date

3rd August - 4th August 2010

Place Held

Forest Research Institute Malaysia(FRIM)

Abstract

Currently, plants with medicinal values have attracted enormous attention due to several reasons, such as for the rationale of biological diversity and economic contemplation. Most of the resources for these plants are obtained from the tropical natural forests. The present interest surge in herbal medicines all over the world (both developed and developing countries) has resulted in unregulated and exploitative harvest of the raw materials from the natural forests. This will pose pressure to the ecosystem and threat of extinction of several valuable medicinal plant species. The logging activities and encroachment of the forests have also contributed to this problem. Therefore, cultivation of these valuable medicinal plants should be encouraged as it could avoid dependence of these materials from the natural forests. This is to ensure their sustainable supply to meet the health care needs of the present and future generations. For any cultivation program to be successful, adequate and regular supply of planting stocks should be made available. Normal technique of raising these planting stocks is from seeds. However, the dependence on seeds as source of planting materials is inadequate as seeds are difficult to obtain due to depletion of mother plants. Hence suitable techniques for mass propagation of these species have to be developed. This paper highlights the propagation and nursery techniques for the planting stock production, and the growth performance of some medicinal plant species that have been planted.

Keywords

Ethnobotany; propagation; nursery techniques; cultivation

Session

Session 1: Invited Lecture 3

Topic

Harnessing the Tropical heritage: Recent Advances in R&D and commercialization