To focus on the development of R, D&C towards improvement on durability, service life and utilisation of wood resources and ligno-cellulosic materials available for producing various high quality/value-added products.
Bamboo and Palm Gallery was established in 2013 to mark FRIM’s 30 years R&D efforts on bamboo, rattan and other palms. The gallery is located inside the D14 building which was built in 1993 to house a workshop and offices for the researchers under the Bamboo and Rattan Unit. Officiated on April 9th 2014 by the then minister of Natural Reosurces and Environment (NRE), Dato’ Seri G. Palanivel, the gallery received a recognition from the Malaysia Book of Records as the “First Bamboo and Palm Gallery” eight months later on January 20th 2015.
b. Function of the Gallery
To display collection of bamboo, rattan and other palms specimens (not for loan).
As a reference centre in the fields a of bamboo, rattan and other palms.
c. Current Collections of Bamboo, Rattan & Other Palms
New and innovative products
Any further information, please contact:
Name: Dr Mohd Tamizi Mustafa
Tel: 03-6279 7432
Name: Dr Wan Tarmeze Wan Ariffin
Tel: 03-6279 7419
The Kepong Xylarium (KEPw) collection in FRIM founded in 1918 marked the historical interest on wood identification and classification of commercial timbers. Gradual addition to the wood collection was made throughout the years of its collection. It was only in 1925 that the record on the wood collection was documented systematically and classified separately according to states of origin in the country and those of foreign woods obtained on an exchange basis. By the end of 1945, the collection was recorded at 5, 918 specimens. In 1963, a separate collection of wood specimens from East Malaysia (Sabah and Sarawak) was started. All the wood samples collected were authenticated and could be cross-referenced to the corresponding voucher specimens kept at the Kepong Herbarium.
The wood specimens in the Kepong Xylarium to date has over 10,000 specimens. A survey conducted by The International Association of Wood Anatomists (IAWA) in 2010 made the Kepong Xylarium the largest wood specimen collection in Malaysia. The Kepong Xylarium also housed the oldest collection of wood specimens as evidenced by several wood specimens of keruing (Dipterocarpus caudatus, D. cornutus, D. costulatus, D. kerrii, D. rigidus, D. stellatus, D. sublamellatus and D. verrucosus), balau (Shorea lumutensis) and red balau (Shorea collina). These wood specimens aged over 100 years. They were still in complete condition and showed no signs of insect or fungal attack. Thus, indicating Malaysian timbers could withstand normal weather condition more than hundred years under shade without any chemical treatment. In 2012 the Kepong Xylarium collection was declared and awarded the largest and the oldest wood collection in Malaysia by Malaysia Book of Records (MBR).
b. Function Of Xylarium
Main functions of the Kepong Xylarium (KEPw) Collection are as follows:
As the reference material for wood identification services provided to the public, industries and authorities to ensure the right type of timber is supplied and the right strength to be used for structural purposes
As the reference centre for education especially in wood identification courses
As the reference centre for scientific research in wood anatomical study
c. Current Collection & Management
The wood specimens in the Kepong Xylarium (KEPw) to date has over 10,000 specimens from 108 families, 426 genera and 1587 species from Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak. The collection is preserved in a well-maintained air-conditioned room with low humidity to protect the specimens from damage caused by insect attacks such as mites and fungal infection.
Any further information please contact:
Nordahlia Abdullah Siam
Wood Anatomy Laboratory
Timber Technology Centre
Forest Research Institute Malaysia
52109, Kepong Selangor