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105 Years of Natural History Research
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Cave Biodiversity Research Program
Caves in the Philippines and the biodiversity they nurture and protect are still undocumented and yet to be fully known. We are leading the way to understand cave biodiversity in key sites so that they will be better used and protected.
Small Islands Biodiversity Research Program
Our more than 7,000 islands and islets are home to diverse communities of species yet to be studied. We are initiating studies which will help island communities appreciate their natural resources.
Integrated Biodiversity Exhibits
Promoting and educating the public on the Philippines' rich flora and fauna is one of our key goals. We are continually building on our collections and presenting them through our dioramas and exhibit displays.
UPLB, through the UPLB Museum of Natural History and the Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Research and Extension hosted the meeting of the Philippine Red List Committee’s Technical Working Sub-group on Insects last 17 September at the OVCRE Annex Building, UPLB, College, Laguna.
The Philippine Red List Committee is a body formed by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to assess and determine the conservation status of Philippine wildlife and plants.
- Florante A. Cruz
- Published: 18 September 2015
The UPLB Museum of Natural History, represented by its management, curators and staff, is saddened and disheartened by the killing of Pamana, one of few remaining Great Philippine Eagles in the wild. The murder of one of the world’s greatest raptors, once described by aviator Charles Lindbergh as the Earth’s noblest flier, is a senseless act of unimaginative proportions.
Pamana died at a young age of 3 years of a bullet that went through its breast. Pamana was female, essential for the gene pool of a beleaguered, critically-endangered species. As an essential top canopy predator, Pamana could have been in the future an important part of the ecological health of the Mt. Hamiguitan Mountain Range.
- UPLB Museum of Natural History
- Published: 24 August 2015
MIRI, SARAWAK: The inaugural National Hornbill Conference 2015 has been hailed as a viable platform for those undertaking researches and conservation efforts dedicated on hornbills.
The three-day event, which concluded here on Thursday, hosted 23 speakers and 73 other delegates from around the world. Renowned expert Prof Emeritus Dr Pillai Poonswad from Hornbill Research Foundation under Faculty of Science of Mahidol University Bangkok, was the key speaker.
He was aided by conference’s co-organising chairmen Prof Andrew Alek Tuen from Institute of Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation of Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas); Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) deputy general manager (protected areas and biodiversity cooperation) Oswald Braken Tisen; director and professor of zoology at University of the Philippines, Dr Juan Carlos T Gonzalez; and international coordinator of Hornbill Research Foundation at Mahido University in Thailand, Ng Bee Choo.
- Cecilia Sman
- Published: 21 August 2015
Two new species of soil mites belonging to a new subgenus of the oribatid family Parakalummidae were discovered in the Philippines by Sergey V. Ermilov of Tyumen State University, Russia, and Leonila Corpuz-Raros of UPLB Museum of Natural History.
Their study is part of global effort to document the earth’s biodiversity towards conservation and enhancement of the remaining biotic resources. They published the article “A new subgenus and two new species of oribatid mites of the genus Neoribates (Acari, Oribatida, Parakalummidae) from the Philippines” under Zootaxa, Volume 3956, No 2.
- Raizza Alvarez and Florante Cruz
- Published: 03 August 2015
Researchers from the University of the Philippines Los Baños have recently reported the prevalence of haemosporidians in understorey birds of Mt. Banahaw de Lucban, Quezon. Haemosporidians are protozoan blood parasites belonging to the genera Plasmodium, Haemoproteus, and Leucocytozoon and cause haemosporidiosis avian malaria. The parasites are transmitted from bird to bird by vectors such as mosquitoes, black flies, sand flies, biting midges, and louse flies.
- Raizza Alvarez and Florante Cruz
- Published: 28 July 2015
The UPLB Museum of Natural History participated in the Philippine Rice Research Institute’s (PHILRICE) rice biodiversity exhibit at the agency’s Rice Museum in Muñoz, Nueva Ecija which opened last 16 July 2015. The Rice Museum’s theme this year is “Colors of Rice” and featured exhibits delving on the wonderful gamut of colors associated with rice varieties from different places in the country.
Museum staff James DV. Alvarez, Jeremy Carlo B. Naredo and Michelle D. Alejado attended the said event and brought 76 rice insect specimens to show how important insects are in the life cycle of the rice plant. This was the also the first time that the Museum was invited to put up a display by PhilRice.
- Raizza A. Alvarez and Florante A. Cruz
- Published: 21 July 2015