SERDANG 1 Nov – The Faculty of Forestry, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) organized the 2nd International Scientific Symposium on Agarwood (ISSA 2016) from 10-12 October 2016 in Putrajaya. The symposium was organized to highlight the importance of sustainable production of agarwood and to establish a proactive network between UPM and the agencies and industry players in the agarwood sector such as the Malaysian Timber Industry Board (MTIB), Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM), Department of Forestry Peninsular Malaysia (JPSM), and the Asia Pacific Association of Forestry Research Institutions (APAFRI).
According to the Chairman, Associate Professor Dr. Rozi Mohamed, the symposium aims to provide a platform for scientists and the industry players to meet, share and exchange ideas, information and experiences in agarwood research and innovation efforts.
The second symposium was successful in expanding and strengthening the international collaboration and professional network among the scientists as well as the industry players. The efforts are clearly supported as demonstrated in the platinum sponsorship provided by the Asia Plantation Capital.
During the symposium, a book ”Agarwood: Science Behind the Fragrance”, published by Springer was launched by YB Dato’ Sri Dr. Hj. Wan Junaidi bin Tuanku Jaafar, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Malaysia. This book is first of its kind that focuses on efforts in managing various agarwood issues from the science perspective. The publication of the book is made possible by the strong collaboration and contribution of the scientists who had attended the 1st ISSA in 2013 with Associate Professor Dr. Rozi Mohamed as the book Editor.
Rozi Mohamed, PhD