MONASH University Malaysia (MUM) recently launched two books on Malaysian flora and fauna, authored by its academics in collaboration with their counterparts from Universiti Malaya (UM).
Deputy Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Kong Cho Ha launched the books.
The books, entitled Freshwater Invertebrates of the Malaysia Region and Herbs of Malaysia, successfully captured the diversity of Malaysia's freshwater invertebrates and herbs, many of which are used in traditional medicine, ulam (salads), food flavouring, aromatherapy and fragrances.
Freshwater Invertebrates of the Malaysia Region is co-authored by MUM lecturer Dr Catherine Yule and Academy of Sciences Malaysia senior fellow Dr Yong Hoi Sen.
Herbs of Malaysia is written by MUM lecturer Dr Joseph Samy, student Kate Lee, UM's Sugumaran Manickam and Prof Dr K.M. Wong.
MUM executive director Phang Koon Tuck said that the launch of the books was the university's effort to boost research.
“The books launched today signify MUM’s commitment to involve academics in research that contribute towards the advancement of knowledge in science,” he said.
Of the RM342,000 government funding for microbiology research granted to one of MUM's academics under the Intensification of Research in Priority Areas programme, Phang said: “That is a milestone for the university because for the first time, MUM is able to tap into Government research funding traditionally given to public universities.
“This reflects the quality of research undertaken by the university,” he added.