a. Plant Bio-inventories and Conservation
After completing bio-inventories of all plants and fungi by counties and cities, ESRI aims to continue to investigate and conserve endangered, threatened, rare and data deficient endemic plants. The Institule will also conduct endangered species restoration projects, and promote the urilization of endangered species useful for ornamental and landscape planting. In addition, researchers will undertake surveys of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in native plants and the germplasm separation to select arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi of with environmental stress resistance potential for graft applications in artificial forest seedlings. ESRI will also continue the unfinished inventory of bryophytes in Taiwan.
b. Expansion and Digitization of Plant Database Content
The Institute will continue the researches to elucidate basic information of native plants, while also digitizing plant specimens for access by the general public via the network-based plant database.
c.Systematic Taxonomic Research and Phylogeographic Studies of Plants
Other important areas of research will involve the application of numerical taxonomy methods and molecular marks to the systematic taxonomic research of bryophytes and Poaceae (Gramineae or grasses). In addition, ESRI will cooperate with domestic and foreign organizations to elucidate the phylogenetic relationship and the phylogeography of East Asian species.
d. Non-native Species Spread Investigation and
In the future, ESRI will also investigale the spread and threat of invasive species of Asteraceae (Compositae or asters, daisies, and sunflowers) and the other families with a view to determining feasible prevention methods. Furthermore, ESRI will also establish models for non-native species risk assessment for species with the potential to spread.
Rhododendron pseudochrysanthum Hayata (by Ai Tai-Lin)
Plant population distribution and bio-inventory research. (by Huang Shih-Yuan)
Abies kawakamii (Hayata) Tak. lto)(by Ai Tai-Lin)
Oplismenus Hirtellus(L.) P. Beauv)(by Chen Chih-Hui)
Itch grass (Rottboellia exaltata L.f.)(by Chen Chih-Hui)