Medicinal and Aromatic Plants : Strategies and Technologies for Conservation. Conservation Of Economic Potential Of Plant Genetic Resources In Malaysia


Azizol Abdul Kadir


Symposium 'State-of-the-Art Strategies and Technologies for Conservation of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants' held under the auspices of G-15 Gene Banks for Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.




Non-timber species, resources, gene banks, bioprospecting, multidisplinary conservation


The biotic richness of Malaysian rain forests provides unlimited resources of not only timber species but also non-timber species. Recently over-collecting of non-timber forest species has become a problem, causing declines in these natural resources. As a result, programmes have been implemented to document ethnobotanical information and medicinal plant gardens have been established as gene banks. Furthermore, techniques for rapid assessment of germplasm for genetic variability, and cost-effective methods of procurement, propagation and cultivation methods need to be developed if sustainable production of these valuable non-timber products lime aromatic and medicinal compounds is to be guaranteed. In order to improve efficiency of bioprospecting, future programmes implemented in this area must be multidisciplinary, integrated and well coordinated. Only then can traditional knowledge and potentially vital, plants be conserved and natural products discovery programme be successful.