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The Prince of Songkla University Herbarium (PSU)

Location | Background | Staff | Collaborations and Current researches |
| Opportunities and Volunteers |

 

  Location

  Old part (Vascular plants collection): Room 401/2 (4th floor),Dept.    of Biology Building, Fac. of Science.

  New Part (Bryophytes, Algae, lichens, spirit and plant fossil collections): PSU Natural History Museum Building (3rd floor-  part), Fac. of Science. (in preparation)  .... Top

  Address

  PSU herbarium, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science,
  Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai, Songkhla, Thailand, 90112.

 Tel. ++66-074-28-8514

 Fax ++66-074-212-917

 e-mail: skiticha@ratree.psu.ac.th

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 Background

  The PSU herbarium was initially found in purpose of teaching,  however, It gradually becomes more important as a reference  collection for various kind of researches related to plants in the  region of Peninsular Thailand.

 The Herbarium specimen collection at PSU Herbarium took place in   1970 in the Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Prince of  Songkla University. The collection has gradually increased in size  over the years with the help of department staff as well as the  students, especially, the graduate students in Plant Taxonomy and  Plant Ecology. Unfortunately at the initial stage, mould and insects,  due to inadequate facilities, destroyed many specimens.

  The present herbarium began to take shape in 1974 with the  support from the World Bank and the kind contributions from the late  Prof. Kasin Suvatabhandhu, Dept. of Botany, Chulalongkorn  University, a famous Thai botanist at that time.


  In 1976 Prof. Jack Cannon from the University of Western Australia  initiated phytochemistry research at PSU. This had made the  increase in number of plant specimens too.

  More specimens were added to the herbarium from 1977 – 1979 when two American botanists from Harvard University, Mr. Gordon  Congdon and Mr. Clement Hamilton, joined the herbarium. Some of  their collections from Tarutao National Park in Peninsular Thailand  are of significant value, since there are many rare species included.

  From 1984 –1986, the number of specimens had been increasing  significantly when Mr. James .F. Maxwell was attached to the  herbarium after his job assignment in the Singapore Botanical Garden.

  There were more than 7000 specimens by 1987 when the herbarium became internationally known after appearing in the Index Herbariorum.

  After 1980s, due to the diversity of researches in the Faculty of Science at PSU which deal with plants and related group such as algae and lichens, more collection have been added to the herbarium as the voucher specimens of those research works. Among those collections, there is the nice collection of lichens from peninsular Thailand by Assoc. Prof. Feeya Amatavanich and co. Besides, there are many more herbarium specimens of macro-algae and also some plant fossil specimens waiting for registration to the collection of the herbarium.

  The PSU herbarium enjoys its superb duty in serving teaching and research, not only for the PSU staff, but it do serves as a place for reference collection of plants for various kind of researches in Peninsular Thailand as a whole.

   In 2000, together with BKF and BK Herbaria, the PSU Herbarium has proudly joined the data base project for Plant Genetic Conservation under the royal patronage of HRH Princess Maha Chakkri.

  At present, the Herbarium, though supported by and situated at the Department of Biology, Fac. of Science, is the part of Prince of Songkla University Natural History Museum. It has housed around 20,000 herbarium specimens with addition of some more spirit, and pollen specimens included plant fossils. It is one of the three international herbaria of the Kingdom beside the Forest Herbarium (BKF) and the Bangkok Herbarium (BK) in Bangkok. Its collection represents mostly the flora of Peninsular Thailand and the North of Malay Peninsula.

  Prof. Puangpen Sirirugsa had been appointed to be the curator-in-charge of the Herbarium from the beginning. After her retirement in 1999, Dr.Kitichate Sridith has succeeded her position. .... Top

 Staff

Curator-in-charge: Mr. Kitichate Sridith, Dr.rer.nat.
Academic staff: Prof. Puangpen Sirirugsa, Ph.D. – emeritus professor
Ass.Prof.Chotip Purintaworakul, M.Sc.

Mr.Prakat Sawangchote, (Ph.D. candidate) – Plant fossils section

Ms.Anchana Pradhep, Ph.D. – Algae and Lichens section
Mr. Charan Leeratiwong, M.Sc.

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 Collaborations and Current researches
 

   In 1986, 1988 and 1990, the Herbarium were offered a grant by Danish Ministry of Education and the University of Aarhus through Prof. Kai Larsen to do the taxonomic revisions of families Malpighiaceae, Zingiberaceae and Hypoxidaceae of Thailand at the Herbaria, University of Aarhus and University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
  Since 1986, the staff of the PSU Herbarium have been undertaking the revision works of the selected plant taxa for the Flora of Thailand Project which has its center at the Forest Herbarium (BKF), the Royal Forest Department in Bangkok and the Flora Malesiana Project. These were funded by various sources. The researches run not only by the staff but also the graduated students, who work partly in those researches for their dissertation or master’s thesis.

Among those are:

  • A revision of the genus Curcuma (Zingiberaceae) by Prof.Puangpen Sirirugsa and the research student. – (funded by BRT-Thailand).

  • The genus Argostemma Wall. (Rubiaceae) of Malay Peninsula and Peninsular Thailand by Dr.Kitichate Sridith. (funded by the Asean Regional Center for Biodiversity Conservation and the European Commission).

    In 2000, the PSU Herbarium has proudly joined the data base project for Plant Genetic Conservation under the royal patronage of HRH Princess Maha Chakkri.

    Moreover, PSU Herbarium has collaborated with other institutions in

    various fields, (beside Plant taxonomy) which related to Botany whatever Plant ecology, Ethanobotany etc.

    For example:

    - Plant Ecological Coexistence with Nature and Human Being Activities on Coastal Zone in Peninsular Thailand (Funded by Yokohama National University and Japanese Government, Japan).

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 Opportunities and Volunteers

   PSU Herbarium always seeks collaboration with any other Herbaria and institutions world wide in spite of its budgetary problems. It is open for public for any kind of research as well as providing general knowledge of Systematic Botany. Volunteers for helping the staff running the herbarium activities is encouraged. Herbarium specimen exchanges from any other Herbaria are welcomed. The contact can be made direct to the curator according to the present address.

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