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Molecular tools for promoting biodiversity in rainforest fragments of Borneo

Ref: 10025
Type: Main Project
Project Leader: Dr Keith Hamer
Lead Institution: University of Durham
Project Partners: Yayasan Sabah Group, Forest Research Centre - Sabah
Start Date: 2001-07-01
End Date: 2004-06-30
Funding: £106,796.00
Status: Completed
Regions: East Asia
Countries: Malaysia
Purpose: Data gathering and capacity building to assist conservationists, ecologists and forest managers in Sabah with promoting responsible economic growth that maximizes the development of agriculture and silviculture whilst minimizing the impacts of loss and fragmentation of rainforests on biodiversity. This will be achieved by providing clear practical advice on the size and placement of forest patches necessary to preserve species richness and genetic diversity; and assisting conservationists in establishing priorities for the conservation of species, by using genetic techniques to identify butterfly species of high conservation value and determining their vulnerability to habitat fragmentation. The project will focus on butterflies, which are highly diverse in Sabah with many endemic species.
Outputs: Quantitative elucidation of how species diversity and genetic diversity within species relate to forest patch size and isolation. Training of two Sabahan Darwin Research Fellows in ecological and molecular techniques for measuring species richness and quantifying genetic diversity.

Related Projects: Promoting biodiversity in sustainable oil-palm landscapes for West African smallholders, Biodiversity of butterflies in tropical rainforests of Sabah, Borneo

Title: 10-025 Applic - edited
Download: Application Form [pdf]

Title: 10-025 AR2 - edited
Download: Annual Report [pdf]

Title: 10-025 FR - edited
Download: Final Report [pdf]

Title: 10-025 HR2
Download: Half Year Report [pdf]

Title: 10-025 AR1 - edited
Download: Annual Report [pdf]

Title: ECP Malaysia, Sabah - final
Download: ECP [pdf]