LN. 12 of 2001
ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION ACT
Trees and Woodlands (Protection) Regulations, 2001
[Read pdf from here]
where Periploca angustifolia is listed as a "Strictly Protected Tree" while in another doucument from MEPA:
L.N. 257 of 2003
ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION ACT, 2001
DEVELOPMENT PLANNING ACT, 1992
Flora, Fauna and Natural Habitats Protection Regulations, 2003
[Read pdf from here]
Periploca is indicated as endemic plants which are not covered by regulation 20 (that is not protected)
Please help me to understand!
Is Periploca angustifolia an endemic??? If so, I never noted this! I found several sources which mentions few places that there is this tree. Check the profile for the African Wolfbane
Unfortunately, people like myself are only familiar with local plants, and have no experience of the 'same' (or are they related?) species in other countries, so we cannot have any 'opinions' about this issue.
Also we lack any formal training in botany, plant systematics and taxonomy, and therefore no matter how interested we may or may not be, we are obviously very limited in what we can do, and are unfortunately unable to contribute to this type of research .
I perfectely agree here! I have been crying for botanical courses in Malta for 2 years including several posts in this forum.Also we lack any formal training in botany, plant systematics and taxonomy, and therefore no matter how interested we may or may not be, we are obviously very limited in what we can do, and are unfortunately unable to contribute to this type of research
Another post by timothy (regards funghi and plant diseases)sustains Jack views, and expressed that karyotype experiments are expensive and may have no conclusive results at the end and so they are not very much popular.
On the other hand and to play the devile act, if you have to choose one, where you would you like to invest 100,000$:- in herbal medicine or in plant taxonomy?
Taxonomy was a professional passtime for early botanists, but not much in fashion nowadays when considering other money-rendering fields in botany (or science)
remember that it is not even possible to take a degree in biology on its own - you need to study chemistry too (the BSc offered locally is in Biology and Chemistry), let alone the much more specialised field of plant systematics
of course sdravko can explain much better than me so i will just look and learn and be quiet here
This leeds to another point that the course will surely attract many foreign students abroad to undertake this course (and so pay the Univ LM x000/year). Which country can compete with Malta having most of its flowers from Nov to May, ie during the sholastic year!
Also, if you look at the courses offered by the Univ, there is a lot of 'very specific' courses in various sectors so my opinion is that there should be something in Botany too, (perhaps mixed with some Environment and general biology credits too). If you want examples of such courses they are displayed in some webpage on the Univ site. Even Inst of Agriculture have opened a specific B.Sc course (Mediterranean agro systems).
As usual, one should need the basic science requirments like Biology or/and Chemistry A levels etc...
in other countries (like germany and britain) the vast majority of plant enthusiasts gain their knowledge not at universities but in plant-oriented ngo's. most of these groups have at least one trip every two weeks and/or one meeting/presentation by different members/guests every two weeks.
since maltawildplants is the only plant -oriented ng"o" in malta it could grow into such a center for nonprofessional plant studies.
"the word 'endemic' has to be used relative to a context/location, e.g. endemic to Gozo, endemic to the Maltese Islands, endemic to Europe, etc.
The word 'endemic' in the context of LN 257/03 is defined in Regulation 2 of LN 257/03 as species "whose native distribution range is limited to Malta only or the Central Mediterranean region only". The African wolfsbane was included on the basis of its restricted distribution in the Mediterranean.
Hope this clarifies matter."
Check this link - dozens of botanical courses!when i did my Bsc-like degree in germany i had to get a degree in physics AND chemistry like everyone in germany, and i had to dedicate much more time to these subjects than to biology.
This was my first attempt on google search with results after 1 minute of browsing. So I still believe that it can be done.
Hope this clarifies matter.
Still confusing... The list of endemic species found on LN257 should apply to the Maltese islands (since the document concerns Malta) not to the 'whole' Central Mediterranean basin (which include some 8 countries!!!) So I find the below quote a a bit strange to say the truth.
"whose native distribution range is limited to Malta only or the Central Mediterranean region only"
Take the opportunity to thank all of you posting while I am busy with other hundreds of errands.