Migration of Knowledge Leads to Floristic Development in Myanmar

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Those at the earth summit in Rio de Janeiro warned of the human impact and the effect of population growth on the natural environment of our planet. As the survival of living things greatly depends on the environment, it is vitally important, even essential, to improve and sustain the ecosystems on a global level. Globalization brings knowledge and technology to every country, and Myanmar is one of them. Myanmar is situated in Southeast Asia with a total land area of 676,577 km2, with a long international border of 5,858 km shared with Bangladesh, India, China, Laos, and Thailand. Myanmar also has a coastline of 2,832 km and three major river systems, Ayeyarwady, Sittaung, and Thanlwin, running from north to south, which facilitate trade, transport and communications. These unique geostrategic positions pose both an asset to and a liability for Myanmar. The topography and climatic conditions favor diversity of flora and fauna in Myanmar. It is endowed with a rich variation in forest ecosystems that stretch from the tropics in the south, with an evergreen forest habitat of Malayan flora, to the snow-capped Khakarborazi Mountain in the north, with Himalayan flora. Flow -- or migration -- of environmental knowledge from developed countries has helped Myanmar to manage and conserve the natural resources of the country. As universities are the centers of human resources with academically qualified expertise in various disciplines, research activities have been undertaken in them according to the country need. Floristic study is one area of research investigation that reflects the country’s needs and its richness. The ongoing research in Yangon University is conveyed in this presentation by giving examples of orchids from the northern part of the country; the baseline study of flora in the Monywa District; and the socio-economic status of mangroves in the Ayeyarwady delta. The aim and objective of this presentation are to give information about the ongoing research in Yangon University, Myanmar, to international scientists who participate in this symposium, and also to get suggestions and advice for our further research development. In addition, I would like to invite research cooperation and collaboration with the Department of Botany at Yangon University in Myanmar.


Biomass Sugar Clay Migration Europe 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aye Kyi
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  1. 1.Department of BotanyUniversity of Yangon, Union of MyanmarMyanmar

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