Mauritius Herbarium

Mauritius Herbarium - Mauritius Sugar Industry Research Institute (MSIRI)
The tiny tropical island of Mauritius in the south-west Indian Ocean has evolved a unique flora; almost one-third of its ca. 900 indigenous plant species are endemic. However, the survival of most of these unique plants, including all the endemic fern species, is seriously threatened by habitat destruction. Today, 99% of the native forest has been removed and replaced largely by sugar cane plantations. Also read: L'Aventure du Sucre Museum- North Beau Plan.

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Mauritius Sugar Industry Research Institute (MSIRI) Mauritius Herbarium is the former herbarium of the Royal Botanic Gardens of Pamplemousses, founded about 1837. It is composed of the herbaria of the Mauritius Institute and Public Museum, the Department of Agriculture, and the Mauritius Sugar Industry Research Institute. The mission of the Mauritius Sugar Industry Research Institute is to carry out high quality research and development on sugar cane and other crops that meet the agricultural, commercial, and societal needs of Mauritius. The Institute seeks to enhance its role as a centre of excellence.

In addition to the Head Office at Réduit, there are research laboratories, green houses, three Experiment Stations, a specialized Library, a Local Area Network and a Geographical Information System. The Mauritius Herbarium, a center for research on the Mascarene flora, is affiliated with and is housed in the MSIRI. Also working for Upscaling Terrestrial EcoSystem Restoration on Mauritius within Available Resources.

Address:
Mauritius Herbarium - Mauritius Sugar Industry Research Institute (MSIRI)
Réduit
Mauritius
Global Taxonomy Initiative NFP
Tel: ( 230 ) 454 1061
Fax : ( 230 ) 454 1971
Email: M.S....@msiri.intnet.mu
Website : http:// www.msiri.mu

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