News Coverage of F. Merlin Franco’s Research on Plant Blindness

Dr. F. Merlin Franco of the Institute of Asian Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam discussed his research on the role that open-air markets can play in combating plant blindness on the Royal Television Brunei evening news.

In his discussion, Dr. Franco reiterates points that he has made in a recently published co-authored article on the biocultural importance of Tamu Kianggeh, an open-air market in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei.

Entitled “Socialising over Fruits and Vegetables: The Biocultural Importance of an Open-Air Market in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam” and published in the Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine, the article investigates ways in which Tamu Kianggeh serves as a meeting ground for ethnic and biological diversities, and in the process, reduces the phenomenon of plant blindness.

Franco, F.M., Chaw, L.L., Bakar, N., Abas, S.N.H. Socialising over fruits and vegetables: the biocultural importance of an open-air market in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam. Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine 16, 6 (2020).