More nations are recognising the rich biodiversity of seagrass in their waters and the economic and climate value it avails to a healthy ocean, coastal communities, and initiatives to address climate change challenges.
On 16 March 2022, Sarawak Biodiversity Centre (SBC) will be hosting a webinar entitled ‘Seagrass Ecology and Diversity’ at 10.00 am via Zoom. The webinar will be delivered by a distinguished speaker, Prof Dr Muta Harah Zakaria, Professor at the Department of Aquaculture, Faculty of Agriculture, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). This webinar will provide latest insights into the ecology and diversity of seagrass in Malaysia.
Prof Dr Muta will share interesting findings on current seagrass distribution and status, particularly highlighting losses, and various threats to seagrass in Malaysia. In addition, Prof Dr Muta will also speak on the significance of seagrass in terms of its ecological functions, source of food and as an essential reservoir of coastal biodiversity.
Over the past 20 years, her team has conducted studies on taxonomy and biology, ecology and distribution, utilization, molecular genetics, and bioprospecting of marine macrophytes and freshwater plants. She has been involved in Projects on Seagrass Ecology, sub-section Marine Ecology of Aquatic Resources and Environmental Studies of the Straits of Malacca and Third Country Training Programs on seagrass and mangrove ecology under the Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA).
Prof Dr Muta has authored in more than 200 publications in various journals, proceedings, and books. She is also a reviewer of various journals and serves as a member of the World Seagrass Association (WSA) and International Society for Southeast Asian Agriculture Science (ISSAAS).
Grab this opportunity to get first-hand insights from an expert and register via Zoom at https://shorturl.at/pKX18. Please share with your friends. This talk will also be streamed live on SBC’s official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/sarawak.biodiversity.centre. Social media users are encouraged to “like or follow” SBC’s official Facebook page for the latest updates and information.
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