International Collaborative Partner of UTAR Global Research Network



Name Dr Francis Ng
Designation Consultant Botanist
Qualification Doctor of Philosophy, University of Oxford, England, 1968-1971.
B.Sc (Hons), University of Tasmania, Australia, 1960-1964.
Organization Universiti Sains Malaysia
Email fng@pc.jaring.my
Tel No. +6019 382 0012
Fax No. +603 6274 4753
UTAR Contact Person Prof Lee Sze Wei, leesw@utar.edu.my


Employment
Consultant
  • Botanical Consultant to Bandar Utama City Centre Sdn Bhd 2000-present (Rainforest in the Mall and Rooftop flower garden 'Secret Garden of 1 Utama')
  • Consultant to FRIM on historical development of forestry research in Malaysia, 2009
  • Forestry Consultant to a Forest Management Corporation in Sabah, 2009 (Restoration of logged forests)
  • Botanical and Landscape Consultant to a proposed tourist centre in Sabah, 2009 (Natural ecology and development of a fruit growing and exhibition centre)
  • Botanical and Landscape Consultant to National Stud Farm, Ipoh, 2009 (improvement of landscape)
  • Botanical Consultant to Sarawak Biodiversity Centre, 2002-present (Ethnobotanical garden and native plant knowledge documentation).
  • Lead consultant for Planning and Development of a Natural History Museum in Malaysia, 2007 - 2008.
  • Botanical consultant to FRIM for the Tree Flora of Sabah and Sarawak, 1999-2006.
  • Botanical consultant to Forest Department, Brunei, for the Tree Flora of Brunei. 2000.
Director of Research Support Division
  • Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Indonesia, 1 Aug 1994 - 31 Dec 1997
Chief, Forest Research, Education and Training Branch
  • FAO of the United Nations, Rome, Italy, 13 Feb 1991 - 31 Jul 1994
Deputy Director General
  • Forest Research Institute, Malaysia (FRIM), 1 Sep 1986 - 31 Dec 1990
Research Interests
Plants, landscapes, gardens and forests

Publications & Presentations
Author of books : Tropical Horticulture and Gardening; Clearwater Publications 2006. Manual of Forest Fruits, Seeds and Seedlings 2 vols; FRIM 1991-2. The Tropical Garden City - Its Creation and Maintenance; FRIM 1990

Research Interests
  • Interpersonal Relationships, Positive Psychology
Publications & Presentation
Author of books : Tropical Horticulture and Gardening; Clearwater Publications 2006. Manual of Forest Fruits, Seeds and Seedlings 2 vols; FRIM 1991-2. The Tropical Garden City - Its Creation and Maintenance; FRIM 1990

Awards & Honors
  • David Fairchild Award for botanical exploration 2009 (an international award established in the USA)
  • Fellow, Academy of Sciences Malaysia, elected 1998
  • FRIM Scientific Achievement Award, 1 Oct 1991
  • Honorary Life Member of Malaysian Nature Society, 1990
  • Malaysian Order of Chivalry K.M.N. (Kesatria Mangku Negara), 1982
  • Malaysian King's Scout Award, 1958

Professional Activities
  • Consulting Editor
    • Journal of Tropical Forest Science. 2005 to present.
  • Professional Membership
    Member of Institute of Foresters Malaysia

    Countries Worked In
    • Asia: Malaysia (all states, including Sabah and Sarawak), Indonesia (Java, Sumatra, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Bali, Kemodo), Philippines, Brunei, Singapore, Thailand, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, China (mainland, Taiwan and Hong Kong), South Korea, Japan, Iran, Australia, Samoa.
    • Africa: Burkina Faso, Kenya, Botswana
    • Americas: USA, Costa Rica
    • Europe: UK, Netherlands, Italy, France, Austria, Denmark, Sweden.

    Quarterly Activites
    January - March 2018
    • Regular visit to advise UTAR on maintenance of the learning square in front of the library
    • Editor of UTAR Agriculture Science Journal
    • Provide advice and supervision of UTAR research
    October - December 2017
    • Regular visit to advise UTAR on maintenance of the learning square in front of the library
    • Editor of UTAR Agriculture Science Journal
    • Provide advice and supervision of UTAR research
    July - September 2017
    • Regular visit to advise UTAR on maintenance of the learning square in front of the library monthly
    • Editor of UTAR Agriculture Science Journal monthly
    • Provide advice and supervision of UTAR research monthly
    April - June 2017 No report
    January - March 2017
    • Monthly visit to advise UTAR on maintenance of the learning square in front of the library
    • Editor of UTAR Agriculture Science Journal
    • Provide advice and supervision of UTAR research for development of Agric. Park
    October - December 2016
    • Monthly visit to Agriculture Park to advise UTAR on development of the Park
    • Editor of UTAR Agriculture Science Journal
    • Provide advice and supervision of UTAR research
    • Moderator at Agriculture Technology Seminar Series 14
    July - September 2016
    • Monthly visit to Agriculture Park to advise UTAR on development of the Park
    • Editor of UTAR Agriculture Science Journal
    • Provide advice and supervision of UTAR research
    • Participate at Agriculture Technology Seminar Series 13
    • Participate at Workshop II
    January - March 2016
    • Monthly visit to Biodiversity Park and advising on development of new park
    • Editor of UTAR Agriculture Science Journal
    • Moderator for AgriTech Seminar 12
    October - November 2015 No report received from Contact person
    July - September 2015
    • Monthly visit to Biodiversity Park
    • Editor of UTAR Agriculture Science Journal
    April - June 2015
    • Monthly visit to Biodiversity Park at C4 land
    • Editor of UTAR Agriculture Science Journal
    • Attended the UTAR Biodiversity Task Force meeting
    • Attended the Agriculture Technology Seminar Series 11
    January - March 2015 Attended the UTAR Biodiversity Task Force meeting
    October - December 2014
    • Visit the Biodiversity Park every month
    • Editor of UTAR Agriculture Science Journal
    July - September 2014
    • Continue to advise on development of Biodiversity Park
    • Editor of UTAR Agri Journal Publication Committee
    • Guest lecturer for weed science UDBA/UDAA3224
    April - June 2014 No report by contact person
    January - March 2014 Adviser on development of C4 land - Constant supporter of C4 land and development of plantings in C4
    October - December 2013
    • Talk to URS participants from FSc
    • Attend Biodiversity Task force meeting
    • Moderator of First Session of Agriculture Technology Seminar Series VIII
    • adviser on development of C4 land
    July - September 2013
    • Follow up on field practical for agriculture students
    • constant advice to agricultue students on a field based learning experience and consultation on development of agriculture syllabus
    • support and collect plants. Development of C4 land and knowledge garden
    • Advise lab assistant in charge of monthly reporting on arboreta
    April - June 2013
    • Visited UTAR Perak Campus
    • Follow up on field practical for agriculture students
    • constant advice to agricultue students on a field based learning experience and consultation on development of agriculture syllabus
    • support and collect plants donated by Secret Garden (1 Utama). Development of C4 land and knowledge garden
    • speaker at Agriculture Technology seminar series VII on ""History of Horticlture""
    January - March 2013
    • Visit Biodiversity Park to check on development and recommend fruit tree planting and advise on M Sc and Ph D projects under Agriculture.
    • Visit Biodiversity Park and advice on a field laboratory exercise on groundnut planting. Dr. Ng also assisted in sharing with the students on practical crop planting using Sorghum and Costus as examples in a class tutorial
    • Support of vegetable farming in Kinta Valley and Cameron Highlands
    • Constant source of planting information to interested parties
    October - December 2012
    • Advisor to landscape of UTAR Kampar - Phase 1A. 1B, 2 (On-going)
    • Advisor to the development of C4 land - UTAR Kampar. Involved in the current landwork planning for C4 land (On-going)
    • Advisor to the development of UTAR's agriculture curriculum (On-going)(Provide talks / lectures to UTAR Agriculture Science students as invited speaker)
    • Expert assessor for patent filing applications of UTAR (on-going)
    July - September 2012
    • Advisor to landscape of UTAR Kampar - Phase 1A. 1B, 2 (On-going)
    • Advisor to the development of C4 land - UTAR Kampar. Involved in the current landwork planning for C4 land (On-going)
    • Advisor to the development of UTAR's agriculture curriculum (On-going)(Provide talks / lectures to UTAR Agriculture Science students as invited speaker)
    • Expert assessor for patent filing applications of UTAR (on-going)
    April - June 2012
    • Advisor to landscape of UTAR Kampar - Phase 1A. 1B, 2 (On-going)
    • Advisor to the development of C4 land - UTAR Kampar. Involved in the current landwork planning for C4 land (On-going)
    • Advisor to the development of UTAR's agriculture curriculum (On-going)(Provide talks / lectures to UTAR Agriculture Science students as invited speaker)
    • Expert assessor for patent filing applications of UTAR (on-going)
    January - March 2012
    • Advisor to landscape of UTAR Kampar - Phase 1A. 1B, 2 (On-going)
    • Advisor to the development of C4 land - UTAR Kampar. Involved in the current landwork planning for C4 land (On-going)
    • Advisor to the development of UTAR's agriculture curriculum (On-going)(Provide talks / lectures to UTAR Agriculture Science students as invited speaker)
    • Expert assessor for patent filing applications of UTAR (on-going)
    October - December 2011
    • Advisor to landscape of UTAR Kampar - Phase 1A. 1B, 2
    • Advisor to the development of C4 land
    • Advisor to the development of UTAR's agriculture curriculum
    July - September 2011
    • Advisor to landscape of UTAR Kampar - Phase 1A. 1B, 2
    • Advisor to the development of C4 land
    • Advisor to the development of UTAR's agriculture curriculum
    April - June 2012
    • Advisor to landscape of UTAR Kampar - Phase 1A. 1B, 2
    • Advisor to the development of C4 land
    • Advisor to the development of UTAR's agriculture curriculum
    January - March 2011
    • Advisor to landscape of UTAR Kampar - Phase 1A. 1B, 2 (Ongoing).
    • Advisor to the development of C4 land (Ongoing). Involved in the current landwork planning for C4 land.
    • Advisor to the development of UTAR's agriculture curriculum (Ongoing).
    October - December 2010
    • Advisor to landscape of UTAR, Kampar - Phase 1A, 1B, 2
    • Advisor to the development of C4 land
    • Advisor to the development of UTAR's agriculture curriculum"
    • Advisor to landscape of UTAR Kampar - phase 1A, 1B, 2
    • Advisor to the dev C4 land
    • Advisor to the dev of UTAR's agriculture curriculum
    July - September 2010
    • Advisor to landscape of UTAR, Kampar - Phase 1A, 1B, 2
    • Advisor to the development of C4 land
    • Advisor to the development of UTAR's agriculture curriculum"
    • Advisor to landscape of UTAR Kampar - phase 1A, 1B, 2
    • Advisor to the dev C4 land
    • Advisor to the dev of UTAR's agriculture curriculum
    April - June 2010
    • Advisor to landscape of UTAR Kampar - Phase 1A. 1B, 2, ongoing, UTAR Kampar.
      • Participant: UTAR ICPs and advisors, Francis Ng, Yong HS, Goh SH, Ho CC and UTAR DEF
      • Outcome: (1) Advice on the design of trellis for UTAR Knowledge Square, (2) Landscape rectification for Phase 1A and 1B, (3) Landscape design of Phase 2
    • Advisor to the development of C4 land, ongoing, UTAR Kampar.
      • UTAR ICPs and advisors, Francis Ng, Yong HS, Goh SH, Ho CC, Yoon YL and UTAR staff from FES, FS and Centre for Bio-Diversity Research
    • Advisor to the development of UTAR's agriculture curriculum, ongoing, UTAR Kampar.
      • UTAR ICPs and advisors, Francis Ng, Yong HS, Goh SH, Ho CC, Yoon YL and UTAR staff from FS
    January - March 2010
    • Visit to Kampar campus and finalise the plan for C4 land, 3 Feb 2010, UTAR Kampar.
      • Participant: UTAR ICPs and advisors, Francis Ng, Yong HS, Goh SH, Ho CC and UTAR DEF
      • Outcome: 1) Some rectification measures have been recommended to relevant staff of UTAR and landscape consultant; (2) Suitable pegola site has been identified and construction work will be started as soon as possible
    • Meeting to discuss on development plan for C4 land of UTAR Kampar and agriculture programme of UTAR, 26 March 2010, UTAR PJ and Kampar via VC.
      • UTAR ICPs and advisors, Francis Ng, Yong HS, Goh SH, Ho CC, Yoon YL and UTAR staff from FES, FS and Centre for Bio-Diversity Research
      • Outcome: (1) Detailed implementation plan for C4 land has been drafted; (2) Syllabus of agriculture science programme was discussed, (3) UTAR Agriculture Tech Workshop was suggested
    March - August 2009
    • A brain-storming session on R&D was held at UTAR Kampar where UTAR ICPs, Francis Ng, Yong HS, Goh SH and Ho CC attended as guest speakers and dialog panel members, 9-Jan-09, 11am at UTAR Kampar.
      • Participant: Researchers and staff of UTAR (80);
      • Outcome: The session was stirred up interest in certain areas of research especially in biotech and agro-based areas. The idea of UTAR Bio-Diversity Park based in UTAR Kampar was first proposed.
    • The first site visit of UTAR Kampar campus was held to explore the possible crops and activities for the UTAR Bio-Diversity Park, 12-Mar-09 to 13-Mar-09, 3pm, UTAR Kampar
      • Participant: UTAR ICPs and advisors, Francis Ng, Yong HS, Goh SH, Ho CC, Yoon YL and UTAR staff from FES and FSET.
      • Outcome: A general idea of current environmental and utilisation situation of the UTAR Kampar campus land was generated. Brief plan of the Bio-Diversity Park was formed.
    • The second site visit of UTAR Kampar campus was held. The focus is on the C4 land identified for the first phase development of UTAR Bio-Diversity Park, 1-May-09, 8am at UTAR Kampar.
      • Participant: UTAR ICPs and advisors, Francis Ng, Yong HS, Goh SH, Ho CC, Soh AC, Tan SL, Wong HK, Fong SK and UTAR staff from FES and FSET.
      • Outcome: Initial plan on the possible crops and necessary steps to be taken to prepare the C4 land for micro-farm implementation was designed.
    • "To take a closer look at the existing and future campus area for buildings and see how we can plan the landscape of the campus in such that both aesthetic aspects and practical research and species preservation purposes can be achieved," 15-Jul-09, 8am at UTAR Kampar
      • UTAR ICPs and advisors, Francis Ng, Yong HS, Goh SH, Ho CC, Fong SK and UTAR staff from FES and FSET
      • Outcome: Certain problems in the existing cmapus landscape have been identified e.g. plant watering system, types and suitability of plants, etc.
    September - December 2009
    • Visit to UTAR Kampar to survey the campus landscape and make suggestions on necessary improvement. Also, to perform site survey for suitable location of pergola setup with the potential donor, 30-Sep-09, 7:00am - 4:00pm
      • Participant: UTAR ICPs and advisors, Francis Ng, Yong HS, Goh SH, Ho CC, Yoon YL and UTAR staff from DEF and DGS,
      • Outcome: Some rectification measures have been recommended to relevant staff of UTAR and landscape consultant; (2) Suitabke pegola site has been identified and construction work will be started as soon as possible
    • Meeting to discuss on development plan for C4 land of UTAR Kampar, 6-Nov-09, 8:00pm - 10.30pm
      • Participant: UTAR ICPs and advisors, Francis Ng, Yong HS, Goh SH, Ho CC, Yoon YL and UTAR staff from FES, FS and Centre for Bio-Diversity Research
      • Master plan for the development of C4 land has been drafted
      • UTAR has been recommended to start a new course on agriculture science