Orchidologist speaks on slipper orchid’s evolution

Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) has organised a talk by Orchidologist Dr Brian Yap at the Durio Meeting Room on 29 March.

The talk entitled, ‘What is driving speciation in the Malesian slipper orchids (Paphiopedilum section Barbata)?’ was attended by 20 FRIM researchers.

During the talk, Yap discussed his PhD research findings on the molecular systematics, biogeography and evolutionary processes driving the diversification of the slipper orchids in Southeast Asia.

Brian Yap, a United Kingdom Commonwealth Scholar from 2011 to 2015, recently completed his PhD in Biological Sciences from Queen Mary University of London while attached to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

He received his MSc in Genetics from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and his Bachelor of Biotechnology (Hons) in Plant Science from the University of Tasmania. Brian was a research officer at FRIM from 2006 to 2011.

Also present at the talk were FRIM Fellow Dr Saw Leng Guan and the FRIM Flora of Peninsular Malaysia Project Consultant, Dr Ruth Kiew.

Source: Forest Research Institute Malaysia