So what's the problem?
Rapid urbanisation, and the resulting loss of habitat, is leading to extinction of plant species around the world. Recognising this problem, the government of Brunei has initiated a project to study and conserve their indigenous fruit species. The main aim of the project is to adopt methods for conserving and managing the plant genetic resources of native fruits. Species with potential for commercialisation will be identified during the course of the project.
What is this project doing?
A survey of indigenous fruits in Brunei is being conducted, with the species found being described and identified. Methods for taxonomic identification of fruit species, and management of the genetic resources and biodiversity, are being developed. Fruit species will be mapped, and a database of indigenous fruits established.
Using the improved knowledge of indigenous fruits, those species with potential for commercialisation can be identified and recommended, and a strategic plan for commercial development of local indigenous fruits developed.
Results so far
This project started in October 2010: activities are ongoing.
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