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Anatomical evolution and systematics of the leaf characters in Nepenthes and natural hybrids collected in Peninsular Malaysia

Project summary:

This research aims to study the structural changes occur in the leaf, stem, and pollen (if any) in Nepenthes natural hybrids, as compared with true Nepenthes species in Peninsular Malaysia, with Peninsular Malaysia is home to accepted eleven (11) species and and also a number of natural hybrids that thrive in their natural habitats. Hybrids taxonomic position could sometimes be difficult to resolve; hence, this knowledge is useful as screening method for species and natural hybrids identification and documentation for Nepenthes in Peninsular Malaysia.

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Highest degree:

PhD in Plant Syatematics

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Applicant Status:

Early-career researcher (PhD obtained within last three years)


Flowering plants

National University of Malaysia

Relevant publications (minimum 1, maximum 4):

Mohd Norfaizal, G., Amin Asyraf, T. Dome, N., A. Latiff, Muhammad Ikhwanuddin, M.E., Edward, E.B., Ahmad Zaki, Z. & Anuar Rasyidi, M.N. 2019. The systematic significance of leaf epidermal micromorphology of ten Nepenthes species (Nepenthaceae) from Peninsular Malaysia. Reinwardtia 18(2): 81-96 DOI 10.14203/reinwardtia.v18i2.3753.

Amin Asyraf, T., Mohd Norfaizal, G., Dome, N., Muhamad Ikhwanudin M.E., Edward, E.B., A. Latiff, Anuar Rasyidi, M.N., & Mohamad Alias, S. 2020. Nepenthes × setiuensis, a new nothospecies of pitcher plant (Nepenthaceae) from montane cloud forest of Peninsular Malaysia. (in press). Malayan Nature Journal. Malaysian Nature Society Publication Press.

Amin Asyraf, T., Mohd Norfaizal, G., Dome, N., Muhamad Ikhwanudin M.E., Edward, E.B., A. Latiff, Anuar Rasyidi, M.N., & Mohamad Alias, S. 2020. Nepenthes malayensis (Nepenthaceae), a new species of carnivorous pitcher plant from Peninsular Malaysia (in press). Kew Bulletin. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Referee 1:

Emeritus Prof. Dato Dr. Abdul Latiff Mohammad

Referee 2:

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Noraini Talip

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     Building taxonomic capacity in developing countries

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