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RITBPB

RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF TROPICAL BIOLOGY & PHARMACOLOGICAL BIOTECHNOLOGY (RITBPB)

Goals

1.To enhance understanding on tropical biology and pharmaceutical biotechnology aimed at generating new knowledge, and explore applications of the knowledge generated;

2. To become a resource center for tropical biology and pharmacological biotechnology information and education;

3. To facilitate the process by which new research results and home-grown technologies are transferred to niche industries;

4. To provide expertise through consultancy in research, policy formulation and evaluation, analytical services, and environmental monitoring.

Objectives

Conduct and publish novel and cutting-edge  researches in tropical biology and pharmacological biotechnology;

Enhance research capability and expertise through internationalization of the institute

To develop patentable technologies and innovations that contribute to national development;

To regularly publish Information, Education and Communications materials on emerging technologies on tropical biology and pharmaceutical biotechnology relevant to teaching and learning at different academic levels;

To conduct training, seminar and workshops  on emerging technologies, techniques and  tools in tropical biology and pharmacological biotechnology;

To create linkages with niche industries for marketing and utilization of research results and home-grown technologies;

To extend expert services on the following areas:

1. basic and advanced research

designs, protocol and implementation;

2. formulation and evaluation of

public policy relating to tropical

ecosystems and pharmaceutical

biotechnology; and

3. environmental monitoring and analytical

services.

Archives

Publications (Scopus, Clarivate Index, ASEAN Citation Index journals)

Jumonong KM, Lempio MJ, Barliso A, Ricaborda HCD, Garces JJC and Picardal JP. (2021). Floristic inventory and distribution of trees along urban national streets and roads in Cebu City, Philippines. Silliman Journal (in press, paper accepted for publication)

Picardal JP, Garces JJC, Agoo EMG and Madulid DA. (2020). “Philippine plants in the last 500 years: Ethnobotany and Socio-cultural significance” In Vargas PG (Eds.) The Plants of the Magallanes-Elcano expedition (1519-1522). Royal Botanical Garden of Madrid, Spain (CSIC). ISBN 978-84-00-10681-2. Publication Date: Sept. 21, 2020, pp. 143-160 URL: https://www.catarata.org/libro/en-busqueda-de-las-especias_113227/?fbclid=IwAR2mo1qw-hpIKyAZrUi5rEjuFnnTjhxvdA8ioosG7FX24d5REq9A8Tkq4e4

 

Sanchez, J.M.P., Picardal, M.T., Libres, M.T., Pineda, H.A., Paloma, L.B., Librinca, J.M., Caturza, R.R.A., Ramayla, S.P., Armada, R.L., and Picardal JP. (2020). Characterization of a river at risk: the case of Sapangdaku River in Toledo City, Cebu, Philippines. AIMS Environmental Science. 7(6): 559-574.  doi: 10.3934/environsci.2020035

 

Lobitaña, I.C., Virtudazo, R.M., Delfin, A.M.,  Apura, J.N.B.,  Picardal JP, and Garces, J.J.C. (2020). Embryotoxicity and Teratogenicity of Tamarind (Tamarindus indica L.) Pulp Extract Using Zebrafish (Danio rerio) Toxicity Assay. Asian Journal of Agriculture & Biology. 8(4): 457-471, DOI: 10.35495/ajab.2020.02.139

 

Abiñon, B. S. F., Camporedondo, B. S., Mercadal, E. M. B., Olegario, K. M. R., Palapar, E. M. H., Ypil, C. W. R., … & Garces, J. J. C. (2020). Abundance and characteristics of microplastics in commercially sold fishes from Cebu Island, Philippines. International Journal of Aquatic Biology8(6), 424-433.

 

Flores, P.M.C., Fernandez, A., Orozco, K., Endino, R.M., Picardal JP, and Garces, J.J.C. (2020). Floral Diversity, Richness and Composition in Urban Parks: Studies in Metro Cebu, Philippines. Toxicity Assay. Experimental and Environmental Biology, 18: 183–192 http://doi.org/10.22364/eeb.18.19

 

Consuegra, C.R.D., Custodio, F.M.B., Pananganan, J.P.L., Wendie Jean D. Ramirez, W.J.D., Garces, J.J.C. and Picardal, J.P. (2020). Teratogenicity and Acute Toxicity of Selected Philippine Indigenous Spices using Brine Shrimp Lethality Assay and Zebrafish Assay. Pharmacophore 11(4):88-105

 

Abiñon, B. S. F., Camporedondo, B. S., Mercadal, E. M. B., Olegario, K. M. R., Palapar, E. M. H., Ypil, C. W. R., … & Garces, J. J. C. (2020). Abundance and characteristics of microplastics in commercially sold fishes from Cebu Island, Philippines. International Journal of Aquatic Biology8(6), 424-433.

Picardal JP, Abella KJ, Abella R, Villamor MJ and Picardal MT. (2019). Toxicity evaluation of White Spike Head (Kyllinga nemoralis) using brine shrimp lethality test and anthelminthic assay. International Journal of Biosciences. 14(6): 132-142.

 

Bilbao GCD, Alimpoos MRG, Baguio JN, Sabal SV, Ursal SMA and Picardal JP. (2019). Toxicity evaluation and anthelminthic property of Cebu cinnamon (Cinnamomum cebuense Kosterm.) leaf extracts. Recoletos Multidisciplinary Research Journal. 7(1): 47-61

 

Picardal JP, Tundag ED and Picardal MT. (2019). Biological control and antagonistic activity of Trichoderma viride and Metarhizium anisopliae against phytopathogenic Fusarium oxysporum. CNU Journal of Higher Education. 13:25-33

 

Engkong RO, Manco RMG, Rosatace MD, Vega GAC, Picardal JP and Agoo EMG. (2019). Leaf architecture of Mindanao cinnamon (C. mindanaense Elm. in Cebu Island, Philippines. Journal of Biodiversity and Environmental Science. 14(1): 240-256

 

Garces, J. J. C. (2019). Arthropod functional feeding groups as indicators of small-scale disturbance: a first approach in Mt. Manunggal, Cebu Island, Philippines. Environ. Exp. Biol17, 137-149.

 

Alvarico, H. M. L., Geraldizo, E. B. P., Tapic, J. M. A., Vez, M., Tura, N. B., Tenio, G., & Garces, J. J. (2019). Floral composition and diversity in Camp 7, Minglanilla, Cebu Island, Philippines with notes on anthropogenic activities. Int. J. Biosci15, 229-242.

 

Garces, J. J. C. (2019). Native and alien plant species inventory and diversity in disturbed forests and its economic value. Global Journal of Environmental Science and Management5(2), 249-264.

 

Rosales ER, Casio CR, Amistad VR, Polo CML, Dugaduga KDB and Picardal JP. (2018). Floristic inventory and ethnobotany of wild edible plants in Cebu Island, Philippines. Asian Journal of Biodiversity 9:91-114

 

Edis KJC, Basay FS, Castillo VLT, Alegado DR, Alicante A, Alon JM, Garcia R, Gepiga F and Picardal JP. (2018). In vitro evaluation of the molluscicidal activity of Euphorbia tirucalli latex extract against the mollusk rice pest Pomacea canaliculata (Caenogastropoda: Ampullariidae). Journal of Biodiversity and Environmental Science, 13(1), 237-245.

 

Picardal MT, Panlaan KT, Castaño PML, Peña LG, Abella KT and Picardal JP. (2018). Molluscicidal activity of the aqueous extract of garlic (Allium sativum L.) bulb against golden apple snail (Pomacea canaliculata L.). International Journal of Biosciences, 13(2), 75-87.

 

Alimpoos MRG, Baguio JN, Bilbao GCD, Cañada L, Enerio K, Jocom NM, Mantubig KL, Sabal SV, Tan ML, Ursal SMA and Picardal JP. (2018). Antiangiogenic and morphological effects of Cinnamomum cebuense Kosterm. leaf extracts on Anas platyrynchos L. embryonic development using an in vivo chorioallantoic membrane (CAM) assay. International Journal of Biosciences, 13(1):338-348.

 

Garces, J. J., & Genterolizo, J. M. (2018). Impacts of anthropogenic activities on alien plant invasion in Mt. Manunggal, Cebu Island, Philippines. J. Biodiv. Environ. Sci13, 225-236.

 

Garces, J. J. C., & Flores, M. J. L. (2018). Effects of environmental factors and alien plant invasion on native floral diversity in Mt. Manunggal, Cebu Island, Philippines. Current World Environment13(3), 390.

Greif, M. M., Coralles, J., & Letigio, C. J. (2017). Identification of mosquito species in Cebu, Philippines. IJMR4(3), 113-116.

Partnerships

Partner / Collaborators
Name of the Project
Project Duration

1. Cebu City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CCENRO), Cebu City

Urban Biodiversity: City Biodiversity Index for Cebu City, Philippines

2021 onwards

1. CNU Main Campus: RIAH, RICMP, IRIID, College of Teacher Education, CRD Office, General Services Office, Tourism Department (CAS)
2. Local Government of Medellin, Cebu
3. CNU Medellin Campus
4. Michael A. Calaramo (Northwestern University Ecotourism Park and Botanic Gardens)


CNU Botanic Gardens
2021 onwards

1. Dr. Esperanza Maribel G. Agoo (Plant Taxonomy Lab, Science & Technology Research Center, DLSU Manila)
2. Ms. November Canieso-Yeo (Home Organics Philippines – Plantsville Health, Bacolod City)
3. Dr. Augustine Doronila (Univ. of Melbourne, Australia)

Negros Cinnamon Conservation Project
2019 onwards

1. Dr. Pablo Vargas (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, CSIC,
Madrid, Spain)
1. Dr. Esperanza Maribel G. Agoo & Dr. Domingo A. Madulid (Plant Taxonomy Research Lab, DLSU Manila)

The Plants of the Magallanes-Elcano expedition (1519-1522)

Philippine plants in the last 500 years: ethnobotany and socio-cultural significance
2019-2020

Vision

RITBB is a catalyst for the advancement in tropical biology and pharmacological
biotechnology through research and development, education, innovations and technological
applications relevant to national development.

Mission

The institute is committed to contribute to national development through:

1. production of novel and cutting-edge research and development in tropical biology
and pharmacological biotechnology;
2. provision of continuing professional education, technical expertise, and analytical
services to niche industries; and
3. development of innovations and home-grown technologies.

Contact Information

Official Email Address

ritbpb@cnu.edu.ph
picardalj@cnu.edu.ph

+63 (927) 861 0855

Jay P. Picardal, Ph.D.
Director Research Institute of Tropical Biology & Pharmacological Biotechnology (RITBPB)

6 th Fl., Teaching Arts Center Cebu Normal University – Main Campus Osmeña Blvd., Cebu City 6000, Philippines
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