PCA was a main partner in the instigation of the Seychelles Plant Conservation Research Agenda 2008-2015. Researchers interested in carrying out plant research in Seychelles should consult this document to check out research priorities. Other research topics may be accepted for study but the authorities are more likely to give preference to the priority objectives.
Potential researchers should visit the website of Seychelles Bureau of Standards for information about doing research in Seychelles: look under 'Research activities'. As far as we are aware, there is no charge for processing an application although the website says there is.
Please note that local people should be involved in research projects if at all possible, either as collaborators or to provide assistance, with due recognition given in subsequent reports and papers. Training of Seychellois, through participation in research, is highly valued because there is still minimum botanical research capacity within the country.
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Recent research work, which PCA members have been associated with in one way or another, has often been concerned with plant genetic studies. Examples are the Seychelles Pitcher Plant (Nepenthes), the Rubiaceae family, various rare endemic tree species, native Euphorbia species, Polyscias spp., certain mangrove species and Peponium species. Other work relates to lichens. Also work on the functional ecology of plants, inter-relationships between plant and animal species and plant-fungal relationships.
Research in 2013 and 2014 was through explorations into underexplored parts of the main granitic islands, which was a significant aspect of the GEF-funded 'Key Biodiversity Areas' project. Some very interesting discoveries have been made, e.g. of species which have not been seen since the late 19th Century, and including at least two new endemic fern species and also a new sedge species.