• Biodiversity For A better Tomorrow

    Enriching Lives with Breakthrough Innovations in Biodiversity
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Sunday, July 23, 2017
  • Rainforest World Music Festival 2017

    Thank you for dropping by our booth throughout the festival. We hope that you gain valuable knowledge during all the sessions that we conducted including the Traditional Knowledge interactive talk. For those who bought LitSara products, thank you for supporting us, a portion from the sale will be shared with the indigenous communities who partnering with us in developing the products.
    RWMF2017
  • Our latest corporate visit

    A delegation of executives from Nissui, Biogenic group, MCBIOTECH and Mitsubishi Corp, comprising Mr. Masahiro Watabe (CEO, Biogenic), Mr. Eiji Ohashi(General Manager, Nippon Suisan Kaisya), Mr. Toshiya Nagase (Factory General Manager, MCBiotech), Mr. Yuki Kaneda (Managing Director, MCBiotech), and Ms Miho Arita (MC).
    Biogenic Group 2
  • LitSara® Highlight Events

    LitSara® Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Collaboration between Pullman Hotels, Interhill Group of Companies and Sarawak Biodiversity Centre.
    LitSara CSR 2
  • Genus Distribution in Microalgae Library

    SBC has one of the best Algae Library from Borneo which was set up in a collaboration with Mitsubishi Corporation. Contact us if you have an interest.
    Genus Distribution
  • Can you spot a mouse deer here?

    Check out our cam trap recordings and see what other suprises the forest around SBC has in store for us. Read More
    Trail Cams
  • Come hike with us on our Nature Trails

    These trails promote awareness in environmental education and conservation and also aimed at providing children, students and grown ups alike a learning and experiential jungle trek. Read More
    Nature Trail Sketch 1
  • Interested in purchasing the Silvestrol for research?

    Visit www.naturesara.com for more info.
    Silvestrol
  • The LitSara® Story

    The following video tells you how the five communities; the Bidayuh of Kampung Kiding, the Lun Bawang of Long Kerebangan, the Lun Bawang of Long Telingan, the Kelabit of Pa' Lungan and the Kelabit of Pa' Ukat work on the LitSara® project. Read More
    Litsarastory
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21 July 2017: We are inviting suppliers registered with Unit Pendaftaran Kontraktor dan Juruperunding (UPKJ) for quotation to Sarawak Biodiversity Centre. Click here for the notice.

21 June 2017: Sarawak Biodiversity Regulations, 2016. Read More. The latest Sarawak Biodiversity (Fees) Notification, 2017 can be viewed here.

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From left to right: Dr. David Pang, Vimal Kumar Balasubramaniam, Dr. Krishan M. Rai, Amrita Dhal, Cassie Welker, Dr. Venugopal Mendu.

I have been given the opportunity to attend a research training under Borlaug Fellowship Program at Texas Tech University (TTU), Lubbock, Texas, USA. Borlaug Fellowship Program was established by USDA in March 2004 to honor the Nobel Laureate Norman E. Borlaug. The purpose of the program is to help developing countries strengthen sustainable agricultural practices by providing scientific training and collaborative research opportunities. The program increases scientific knowledge and promotes long-term collaboration with universities, government agencies and research centers in USA.

The duration of my training program is 12 weeks, starting from 12th Jan till 4th April 2015. The objective of my training is to identify plant cell wall degrading enzymes and their use in biofuel production from soil bacteria. During my research training, I was assigned under the supervision of Dr. Venugopal Mendu. Dr. Mendu is an assistant professor in Texas Tech University’s Department of Plant & Soil Science. He is a research scientist who specializes in plant physiology and biochemistry. One of his laboratory's goal is to identify and characterize the genes involved in the plant cell wall biosynthesis using model plant Arabidopsis and apply for cotton fiber improvement.

During the program, I was trained in plant protein extraction, laccase enzyme zymography and 2D SDS-PAGE gel under the supervision of his graduate student, Vimal Kumar Balasubramaniam. Laccase are one of the lignin-degrading enzymes involving in depolymerazation lignin. The deconstruction of lignin can enhance the release of fermentable sugar from plant cell. The use of lignin-degrading enzymes in pretreatment could overcome the high cost in removing lignin from plant, thus produce environmentally friendly biofuel.

I am now in the progress of carrying out whole genome sequencing of bacteria species isolated from SBC. The analysis of the sequencing data will identify the novel plant cell wall degrading wall enzymes. End of the training, a manuscript about the work will be published under SBC and TTU authorship. A potential long term collaboration between SBC and TTU in future will be discussed following a visit by Dr. Mendu in Jan 2016.


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