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Jakarta Post

Bali opens biodiversity center

  • Desy Nurhayati

    The Jakarta Post

Denpasar   /   Wed, August 11 2010   /  10:25 am

Indonesia and the US launched a biodiversity research center here Tuesday, paving the way for scientists to draw a comprehensive picture of Indonesia’s diverse range of species.

Funded by USAID and supported by the US Smithsonian Institution Natural Museum, the Indonesian Biodiversity Research Center (IBRC) is a joint research endeavor pursued by three Indonesian universities and two US universities.

These are the Bali-based Udayana University, Manokwari-based Papua State University and Semarang-based Diponegoro University, as well as Norfolk-based Old Dominion University and the University of California (UCLA), Los Angeles.

This US$600,000 center will be set up at the Udayana University Biomedic Lab in Denpasar.

IBRC chief researcher Paul H. Barber, from the UCLA, said the establishment of the center was a strategic move because Indonesia, an archipelagic c...