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Project summary:

This is a multiple institute collaborated cotutelle PhD project for a studentship at UPM and UM. The goal is to safeguard the genetic diversity in wild relatives of, and domesticated Garcinia mangostana through (i) clarification of their origin and genetic variations and (ii) formulation of conservation and sustainable use strategies.

Cost: $


YAO Tze Leong

Highest degree:

MSc. in Plant Systematics

Year obtained:


Applicant Status:

Current student


Flowering plants

Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM); University of Montpellier (UM). In employment of Forest Research Institute Malaysia. On study leave currently and enrolled in a cotutelle PhD programme co-funded by Agropolis International-UPM-SEARCA (Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture).

Relevant publications (minimum 1, maximum 4):

Yao, T.L. (2013). Nine new species of Thottea (Aristolochiaceae) in Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore, with two taxa in Peninsular Malaysia redefined and a taxon lectotypified. Blumea - Biodiversity, Evolution and Biogeography of Plants, 58(3), 245–262.

Yao, T.L. (2015). Three new species of Loxocarpus (Gesneriaceae) from Sarawak, Borneo. Gardens’ Bulletin Singapore, 67(2), 289–296.

Yao, T.L. (2016). Nomenclatural updates and new records in Peninsular Malaysian Pentaphylacaceae. Gardens’ Bulletin Singapore, 68(2), 215–223.

Puglisi, C., Yao, T.L., Milne, R., Möller, M., & Middleton, D.J. (2016). Generic re-circumscription in the Loxocarpinae (Gesneriaceae), as inferred by phylogenetic and morphological data. Taxon, 65(2), 277–292.

Referee 1:

Jérôme Duminil

Referee 2:

Mohd Nazre Saleh

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1.  Contribution to novel methods for research in systematics and taxonomy and/or
     Building taxonomic capacity in developing countries

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