Wednesday, August 23, 2017

  • ProboscisProboscis monkeys, a large primate with distinctive features between its males and females, are exclusively found in the rainforests of Borneo. The male Proboscis monkey is not only one of the largest monkeys in Asia but they are also one of the world's most distinctive mammals, having a long and fleshy nose and a large, swollen stomach.

  • andy bass b

    Andy Bass examines gecko specimens in SBC’s zoological collection

    Andy is co-founder of Biological & Popular Culture, Inc. (https://biopop.com) that develops and offers biology art or “living art” for popular culture in order to enrich our understanding of the relationship between nature, science and humanity.  BioPop is a wholly owned subsidiary of Intrexon Corporation, a US biotechnology company.  Andy was recently in Kuching on a familiarisation trip to SBC and Borneo, to draw inspiration from our local biodiversity.

  • Hendrik Luesch Public Talk Updated

  • Russell Barrow Public Talk Update

  • The Sarawak Biodiversity Centre (SBC) will once again organise the annual Biodiversity Day event on 20 May 2017 at its premises located at Jalan Borneo Heights in Semengoh.

    SBC’s Biodiversity Day is held annually in conjunction with the International Day for Biological Diversity. The international event is observed every 22nd May.

  • Sarawak Biodiversity Centre invites highly motivated and qualified candidates to fill the following positions:

    Position: Research Officer, Q41

    (Jawatan Berasaskan Caruman [JBC] - R&D Programme) – 5 Vacancies

    Salary Schedule:Q41

    Minimum Salary (RM) Maximum Salary (RM) Yearly Increment (RM)
    2,315.00 9,618.00 225.00

    The successful candidates will be expected to work in one or more of the following areas:

    • Carry out extraction, fractionation and investigate novel active natural compounds using column chromatography including equipment such as HPLC, GMCS, LCMS.
    • Conduct experiments on immunoassays, bioactive compound screening, and molecular cloning to protein expression studies.
    • Carry out studies on selected local plants and develop plant tissue culture methodology to mass propagate the species for planting.

    Qualification:

    • Candidate must have a Master in Science (CGPA of 3.0 and above) which is recognized by the Government, with at least 1 year experience in this field of work. Candidate must also have excellent command of the English language (spoken and written).

    Interested candidates are required to complete the Job Application Form SBC/HR/2005/1 which can be downloaded from here or requested via email biosar@sbc.org.my

    The completed job application form which includes a cover letter, detailed resume, a recent passport-sized photograph (non-returnable) and certified true copy of relevant certificates/ transcripts should reach the following address on or before 25 November 2016.

    Chief Executive Officer
    Sarawak Biodiversity Centre
    KM20, Jalan Borneo Heights, Semengoh
    Locked Bag No. 3032
    93990 Kuching, Sarawak
    [Tel: 082-610610 Fax: 082-611535]

    Application from Government Officers must be submitted through respective Heads of Department.

    Only short-listed candidates will be notified for interview.

  • KUCHING - With modern textbooks and conventional Western knowledge almost completely replacing the oral traditions of our ancestors, Sarawak is at risk of totally losing our traditional knowledge handed down through generations orally or through observation of practice.

    This knowledge includes how indigenous communities have used our environment’s natural biodiversity for food, medicine, health, personal care and a host of other applications.

    “A lot of this knowledge is transmitted orally, not written,” said Margarita Naming, Sarawak Biodiversity Centre’s (SBC) senior research officer leading the Traditional Knowledge Documentation programme.

    Fortunately, this knowledge is still retained by the older generations.

    Unfortunately, the younger generation in certain communities are not interested in learning this traditional knowledge.

    For others, says Margarita, the effort of documenting traditional knowledge is not a major concern and they often overlook its importance.

    “The usual thought for some of these communities is – ‘There is still a lot (of information left), they are in my backyard.’

    But the research officer emphasised that if we did not document it, we will lose it.

    “If we lose the older generation who retain all these knowledge, it is like a library that has burnt down.”

    Source: The Borneo Post Seeds

  • Dr Ronald OrensteinThe Sarawak Biodiversity Centre (SBC) and the Malaysian Nature Society Kuching Branch (MNSKB) will jointly organise a programme on Dragonfly watching over the weekend of 27 and 28 August.

  • KUCHING: The state’s forest is a rich source for naturalists to discover a new species and chemists to find a new compound for new medicine and as such must be protected from unfettered logging to preserve its rich biodiversity.

  • KUCHING: The state’s forest is a rich source for naturalists to discover a new species and chemists to find a new compound for new medicine and as such must be protected from unfettered logging to preserve its rich biodiversity.

  • Here at the Sarawak Biodiversity Centre I am a visiting Fulbright scholar affiliated with the Traditional Knowledge Programme. As a professional botanist, my project in Malaysia for the next five months is to meet and work with botanists, assist with documenting ethnobotanical collections, and to share and exchange ideas about herbarium management and technique. I hope and expect to learn much from my colleagues here, and I also hope to contribute what I can.

  • Luming, ChenAs a recent graduate from Yale University with a B.S. intensive in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, my main research interests lie in immunology, cancer, and drug discovery.

  • No Client Charter Jan
    Feb
    Mar
    Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    Target: General Public
    1 To respond to general enquiries on biodiversity, biotechnology and bioprospecting 100%  100% 100% 100% 100%  100%  100%  100%  100%  100%  100%  100% 
    2 To prepare answers to oral and written questions brought up in the State Legislative Assembly within 14 working days upon receiving the questions/official instructions 100% 100% 100%  100%   100%  100%  100%  100%  100%  100%  100% 100% 
    3 To prepare and submit speeches for Ministers and other dignitaries within 14 working days of receiving official instructions  100% 100%  100%  100%   100% 100%  100%  100%  100%  100%  100%  100% 
    4 To process and make payment to creditors upon receipt of original invoice within 7 working days  100% 100%  100%  100%   100%  100%  100%  100%  100%  100%  100% 100% 
    Target: Research Community
    5 To respond to enquiries applications to carry out biodiversity research in Sarawak within 7 working days 100%  100% 100%   100% 100% 100%  100%  100%  100%  100%  100%  100% 
    6 To process research applications and seek approval from the Sarawak Biodiversity Council within 30 working days from the date the application is completed 100% 100%  100%   100%  100%  100%  100%  100%  100%  100%  100% 100% 
    7 To prepare the research agreement and necessary permits for signing within 14 working days after application is approved 100% 100%  100%  100%  100%  100%   100%  100%  100%  100%  100%  100% 
    8 To provide specific analytical services (cell cytotoxic assay, GCMS) within 14 working days of receiving test samples 100% 100%  100%   100%  100%  100%  100%  100%  100%  100%  100% 100% 

     

       
  • No Client Charter Jan
    Feb
    Mar
    Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    Target: General Public
    1 To respond to general enquiries on biodiversity, biotechnology and bioprospecting 100%  100% 100%   100%  100% 100%  100%  100%  100%   100% 100%   100%
    2 To prepare answers to oral and written questions brought up in the State Legislative Assembly within 14 working days upon receiving the questions/official instructions 100%  100%  100%  100%   100% 100%  100%  100%  100%  100%   100% 100% 
    3 To prepare and submit speeches for Ministers and other dignitaries within 14 working days of receiving official instructions  100%  100%  100%  100%   100%  100% 100%  100%  100%   100%  100% 100% 
    4 To process and make payment to creditors upon receipt of original invoice within 7 working days  100%  100%  100%  100%  100%   100% 100%  100%  100%  100%   100% 100% 
    Target: Research Community
    5 To respond to enquiries applications to carry out biodiversity research in Sarawak within 7 working days 100%  100% 100%  100%  100%  100%  100%   100%  100%  100% 100%  100% 
    6 To process research applications and seek approval from the Sarawak Biodiversity Council within 30 working days from the date the application is completed 100%  100%  100%   100% 100%  100%  100%  100%  100%   100% 100%  100% 
    7 To prepare the research agreement and necessary permits for signing within 14 working days after application is approved 100%  100%  100%  100%   100%  100% 100%  100%  100%   100%  100% 100% 
    8 To provide specific analytical services (cell cytotoxic assay, GCMS) within 14 working days of receiving test samples 100%  100%  100%  100%  100%  100%  100%  100%  100%  100%  100%   100%
  • No Client Charter Jan
    Feb
    Mar
    Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    Target: General Public
    1 To respond to general enquiries on biodiversity, biotechnology and bioprospecting 100%   100%  100% 100%   100% 100%  100%  100%  100% 100%  100%  100% 
    2 To prepare answers to oral and written questions brought up in the State Legislative Assembly within 14 working days upon receiving the questions/official instructions 100%  100%  100%   100%  100%  100%  100% 100%   100%  100%   100% 100% 
    3 To prepare and submit speeches for Ministers and other dignitaries within 14 working days of receiving official instructions 100%  100%  100%   100%  100%  100%  100% 100%  100%   100% 100%  100% 
    4 To process and make payment to creditors upon receipt of original invoice within 7 working days 100%  100%  100%   100%  100%  100%  100% 100%  100%  100%  100%  100% 
    Target: Research Community
    5 To respond to enquiries applications to carry out biodiversity research in Sarawak within 7 working days  100%  100% 100%  100%   100%  100% 100%  100%  100%  100%  100%   100%
    6 To process research applications and seek approval from the Sarawak Biodiversity Council within 30 working days from the date the application is completed 100%  100%  100%   100%  100%  100%  100% 100%  100%  100%  100%  100% 
    7 To prepare the research agreement and necessary permits for signing within 14 working days after application is approved 100%  100%  100%   100%  100%  100%  100% 100%  100%  100%  100%  100% 
    8 To provide specific analytical services (cell cytotoxic assay, GCMS) within 14 working days of receiving test samples 100%  100%  100%   100% 100%   100%  100% 100%  100%   100% 100%  100%