As a token of appreciation to all speakers of IDF-WPR 2018, the Congress Organising Committee will be planting a tree in honor of each speaker. To showcase this, each speaker will symbolically receive a seedling of Garcinia hombroniana (locally known as Beruas) at the end of his/her lecture. It is hope that this initiative will create awareness on forest conservation and the commitment of the Organising Committee towards a ‘green’ event.
Landskap Malaysia, a non-profit organisation founded March 2009, together with the Pahang State Forestry Department, will plant the Beruas seedlings in the Lentang Forest Reserve in Janda Baik, Pahang, Peninsular Malaysia. Tree planting at Janda Baik has been part of the Greening Programme initiated by the Forestry Department Peninsular Malaysia with the objective of restoring, reclaiming and conserving degraded forest areas in Peninsular Malaysia. The Programme aims to spread awareness on the importance of conserving and preserving the forest area and in addition, will also contribute to the equilibrium and stability in the local environment.
Family: Guttiferae; Common names (in Malaysia): Beruas, manggis hutan,
Origin & Distribution: Native to Malaysia, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam. Cultivated sporadically throughout the Tropics.
Uses: The fruit of Beruas is aromatic with thin, sour flesh. It could probably be used to make juices and jellies. The roots and leaves are traditionally used to treat various ailments including abdominal pain, diarrhea and wound infection.