Taxonomic discoveries bridging the gap between our knowledge and biodiversity

Xiao-Hua Jin1,2, Yun-Hong Tan1,3, Rui-Chang Quan1,3

1 Southeast Asia Biodiversity Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Yezin Nay Pyi Taw 05282, Myanmar 

2 Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 100093, China 

3 Centre for Integrative Conservation, Xishuangbanna, Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Mengla Yunnan 666303, China

Corresponding author: Xiao-Hua Jin (; Rui-Chang Quan (

PubYear : 2018

Volume: 94

Publication Name: PhytoKeys

Page number: 1-2

Abstract: Southeast Asia includes four overlapping biodiversity hotspots: Indo-Burma, Philippines, Sundaland and Wallacea (Myers et al. 2000; Sodihi et al. 2004). Southeast Asia covers about 4.5 million km2, which is approximately 3 % of earth’s total land area. There is, however, approximately 20 to 25 % of Earth’s higher plant species in this area (Myers et al. 2000). It is crucial to understand the biodiversity for conservation and sustainable development in the shadow of climate change and growth of economics and population.