Medicinal and Aromatic Plants : Strategies and Technologies for Conservation. Towards Computerized Database Of Malaysian Medicinal And Aromatic Plants


Kamarudin Mat Salleh & A. Latiff


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.




medicinal plants, aromatic plants, database, webbase


Medicinal and aromatic plants are always regarded as one of the most pivotal ethnobotanical elements of human civilisation. In the rich and diverse floristic resources of Malaysia nearly 20 % of the seed plants of the Malay Peninsula and 15% of the ferns have been claimed to have therapeutic values. However, this estimate was based on information from various surveys which were documented by the monumental Burkill's Dictionary first published in 1935. In 1989, we reported our initiative to prepare an inventory and document the collection of wild edible plants of Sabah. The computerised Native Edible Plant (NEP) database was produced in 1990, incorporating 11 813 specimens from 832 species of known edible wild or semi-plants of Sabah. Under the Intensification of Research in Priority Areas (IRPA) of the 7th Malaysia Plan (RM7), we have been supported to start a prototype of the computerised database of Malaysian medicinal and aromatic plants. This database is now completed and was put online in the middle of 1997. This Ethnobotany of Malaysia is currently hosted by Malaysia Biodiversity Online server and being regularly updated.