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[NAIROBI] Scientists have shown through genomic prediction models that it is possible to speed up banana breeding, giving hope…

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Speeding up progress on reducing carbon emissions would save millions of lives, mostly in metropolitan areas of Africa and Asia.

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Kenyan innovation takes plastic bags out of forestry

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SEAMEO BIOTROP Annual Report FY 2015 - 2016

SEAMEO BIOTROP Annual Report FY 2015 - 2016

On the fourth year of its Ninth Five-Year Development Plan (9th FYDP), SEAMEO BIOTROP strengthened its commitment to develop and empower the human resource in Southeast Asia. This was…

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Research Partners

  • International Centre for Tropical Biology (CIAT)

    International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) is an international research organization under the Consultative Group of International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) with a principal office in Cali, Columbia and Asia regional office in Hanoi, Vietnam. CGIAR is a global partnership that promotes sustainable development in agriculture for a food-secure future.

    SEAMEO BIOTROP and CIAT agreed to collaborate in a number of areas to pursue education, research, training and community development objectives. In the future, BIOTROP and CIAT will undertake programs, projects and related activities, and exchange expertise, scientific materials and information related to tropical biology and agriculture.
  • PT. Pemalang Agro Wangi

    PT Pemalang Agro Wangi is a private company engaged in essential oil production particularly from citronella grass (Cymbopogon nardus (L.) Rendle) and cloves (Syzygium aromaticum (L.) Merrill & Perry).

    SEAMEO BIOTROP and PT Pemalang Agro Wangi agreed to collaborate in research and building capacities of interested entrepreneurs to help increase essential oil production in Indonesia towards meeting global market demands. Research activities would include exploring potential plants and their cultivation for large-scale cultivation, extraction technology as well as analysis of essential oil quality. Capacity building would include transferring the techniques in cultivation and development of plot demonstration of valuable essential oil plants, distillation, quality analysis, and global marketin
  • Royal University of Agriculture

    Royal University of Agriculture (RUA) is a remarkable accredited academic institution offering quality-oriented, modern and competitive study programs, not only in the traditional fields, but also in the emerging disciplines to meet contemporary as well as impeding national and regional needs. Courses range from Agronomy, Animal Science, Veterinary Medicine, Forestry, Fisheries, Food Sciences and Technology, Post-harvest Technology, Land Management, Engineering to Agricultural Economics and Community Development- and we are eager to constantly to extend our scope.

    MoU between RUA and SEAMEO BIOTROP will involve joint collaboration in research, capacity building, and information and staff exchange between BIOTROP and RUA with special focus on forest tree improvement and community-based sustainable production.
  • University of Brawijaya

    Universitas Brawijaya (UB) is one of the leading universities in Indonesia with more than 60,000 students in various degrees ranging from the Diploma Program, Bachelor’s Degree Program, Master’s Degree Program, Doctoral Degree Program, and Medical Specialist Program, in 12 Faculties, 2 faculty-level Programs, 1 Vocational Program, and 1 Postgraduate Program.

    On 16 August 2017, BIOTROP and University of Brawijaya (UB) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to formalize their partnership in conducting joint research, capacity building and information and staff exchange activities with especial focus on agroforestry.

  • Forest Restoration Research Unit

    The Forest Restoration Research Unit (FORRU-CMU) is a small team of ecologists and research students in the Science Faculty of Chiang Mai University, N. Thailand, who carry out research to develop efficient methods to restore tropical forest ecosystems for biodiversity conservation, environmental protection and carbon storage. FORRU unit also has an education/outreach team, which provides technical training, based on their research, to a wide range of organizations involved in forest restoration.