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UP biodiversity research team launches book on Luzon mammals

Dr. Lawrence Heaney. Photo by Bong Arboleda.
“It is not Brazil, nor Madagascar, not even the Galápagos Islands that has the most stunning, gorgeous, and extraordinary mammals I have ever come to know of, but in the islands of Luzon in the Philippines,” said Dr. Lawrence Heaney, adjunct professor at the UP Institute of Biology and senior author of the book, “The Mammals of Luzon Island: A Biogeographic Perspective in Evolution, Ecology and Conservation.”
On August 10, biodiversity research leaders and authors Dr. Lawrence Heaney, Danilo Balete and Eric Rickart launched the book at the UP Biology auditorium. “The book was published …

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UP to host Forensic Science Symposium 2016

The UP Diliman Institute of Biology (UPD-IB) first offered Biology 397 Forensic Biology Seminar Series as a graduate course in November 2012. The course covered fundamental topics in forensic sciences which included DNA analysis, botany, microbiology, crime scene investigation and legal/ethical issues in forensics.
Bio397 also provided opportunities for students to work with the DNA Analysis Laboratory of the Natural Sciences Research Institute (UPD-NSRI-DAL) and the Program on Forensics and Ethnicity of the Philippine Genome Center (PGC-PFnE) to co-organize a forensic symposium that was open to the public.
The 1st Forensic Science Symposium (FSS2014) was held at the NSRI Conference Room on …

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UP biologists discover “the smallest among giant flowers”

R. consueloae Image 1 Photo by Edwino S. Fernando with a ruler behind to show scale
A new species of Rafflesia, with an average diameter of 9.73 centimeters has been discovered by a team of UP biologists near the Pantabangan Masiway Hydroelectric Power Plant (PMHEP) in Nueva Ecjia. This amazing new discovery now holds the world record of being the smallest among giant flowers. Named Rafflesia consueloae, this new species has been published in the open access journal Phytokeys last 25 February 2016. The Rafflesia consueloae is found only in the Philippines and so far thrives in only two sites in the …

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World-renowned biologist to lecture at UP Diliman on 22 Oct

Prof. Curio in his Sibaliw research station in Northern Panay. Credit: Prof. E. Curio / Philincon
World-renowned conservation biologist Prof. Eberhard Curio, from Ruhr University Bochum will deliver a public lecture on conservation needs ethology focusing on captive breeding on October 22, 2014 10:00 to 12:00 noon at the Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology, College of Science (IESM-CS) in UP Diliman where he is now a visiting professor.
Experts and officials from the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB) – Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center, the Manila Zoo, and private zoos are …

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We have a new tarsier species – UP biologists

Tarsier sitting on a flower pot in Loreto, Dinagat. Photo by Melizar V. Duya.
The genes have spoken. The Dinagat tarsier is a new Philippine tarsier species.
Dr. Perry S. Ong of the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman Institute of Biology (IB) shared the good news today, after the group’s paper, “Conservation Genetics of the Philippine Tarsier: Cryptic Genetic Variation Restructures Conservation Priorities for an Island Archipelago Primate,” was published on PLOS ONE.
Genetic tests performed as part of this study by a multi-country team of scientists have proven this: the tarsier found on Dinagat Island is distinct from its relatives in …

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