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Malaysian Vanilla: species diversity, threats and conservation action plan


Mohd Raffi, Mohd Akmal and Go, Rusea and Abdullah, Nur Ashikin Psyquay and Abdullah, Thohirah Lee and Saleh, Ghizan (2016) Malaysian Vanilla: species diversity, threats and conservation action plan. In: Malaysia International Biology Symposium 2016, 26-27 Oct. 2016, PICC, Putrajaya, Malaysia. (p. 36).


The diversity in Vanilla genus from Malaysia was updated after the checklist by Soto Arenas and Cribb (2010) with the discovery of two undescribed species and few new records which made up the genus to be most likely represented by nine species. In general, wild vanilla populations were difficult to locate and distributed in many habitats. The taxa localized in Peninsular and Borneo showed different physiological behaviour but experiencing similar depleting factors in their natural habitats. The Checklist of CITES Appendices rated Vanilla spp. under Appendix II which are not necessarily now threatened with extinction but their trade must be closely controlled and monitored. Malaysian Vanilla were oberved to be vulnerable to several threats including poor taxonomic information and revision, forest fragmentation, natural disaster and natural leaves abscission phenomenon. A conservatory action plan was proposed to protect the genus from depletion as they served as important secondary gene pool in the crop improvement program of V. planifolia which produce one of the world precious flavouring agent, vanillin.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Divisions: Faculty of Agriculture
Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences
Faculty of Science
Institute of Bioscience
Publisher: Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Universiti Putra Malaysia
Keywords: Vanilla; Diversity; Conservation
Depositing User: Nabilah Mustapa
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2020 16:43
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2020 16:43
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/77498
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