24 May '11, 9pm

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Brunei working with S'pore to update plant database - AsiaOne: AsiaOneBrunei working with S'pore to update plant...

BRUNEI's Forestry Department is "looking forward" to pairing with Singaporean authorities in updating the Sultanate's database of plant species, an official told The Brunei Times yesterday. However, the head of Brunei's national herbarium, where preserved plant specimens are stored for data and research purposes, did not specify any dates but said that the bilateral collaboration has already been agreed upon. Deputy Forestry Director Mahmud Hj Yussof confirmed that the tie-up was with the Singapore Botanic Gardens but also did not disclose a timeline. Brunei last inventoried its flora database, under the "Chief List of Flowering Plant and Gynosperm", in 1996 with the help of the United Kingdom's Royal Botanic Gardens. It was estimated that Brunei was home to around 5,000 plant species. To date, 3,955 species have been documented (including 3,567 "higher plant" species), sa...

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