Case Study 1.3
Shorea lumutensis: genetic variation and conservation

This case study presents information on a critically endangered dipterocarp tree that is endemic to peninsular Malaysia.

The species is now restricted to small reserves and the study allows a focus on the vulnerability of small populations to natural catastrophes, demographic and environmental stochasticity (chance events), human activities and loss of genetic diversity by drift and inbreeding.

Students use the information to devise a conservation strategy for this species, taking into account its patterns of genetic variation, the forestry and socio-economic contexts, to decide on in situ and ex situ conservation measures. Suits 1-3 groups of 4-5 students per group, with each group developing its own strategy

Downloadable materials

Case Study [ PDF (548 KB) |  e-BOOK (528 KB)]
Teacher’s notes [ PDF (464 KB) |  e-BOOK (186 KB)]
PowerPoint Presentation [ PPT (3.3 MB)]