Science Projects

IGN Biosciences

 A main task for the IGN Bioscience is to coordinate scientific projects and to improve collaboration between the members.

The aim is to first start out with collaborative projects and apply for national funding. With some progress it will be much easier to get scientists from outside interested and to obtain international funding.

 

There are essentially three kinds of projects:

  1. a) Large scale projects where we try to combine the different expertise of IGN members for a comprehensive approach on a broad level and to apply for national funding. An example is the musa project.
  2. b) Small scale projects, sometimes on the level of student projects. Here we try to improve collaboration between IGN members on the junior scientist level. These projects require minor funding, are rather easy to carry out and may result in large scale projects. An example is the herbicide/pesticide project.
  3. c) Cooperation initiatives are rather ideas or suggestions where Indonesian laboratories can first provide services to e.g. a German laboratory and, if successful, could jump on a larger international project. An example is the Onychophora project.

 

For large scale projects a survey has been carried out to determine the expertise and interests of IGN members. The coordinator has tried to combine collaboration groups and suggest research fields for joint grant proposals.

 

1. Herbicide/pesticide project

This is a small scale project to investigate potential correlations between cancer incidents and the use of herbicides/pesticides by local farmers. The project has started in December 2015 with participants from five universities including two non-IGN members.

 

2. Onychophora

This is a cooperation initiative to find partners for a German laboratory to investigate biodiversity, taxonomy and cell biology of “silk worms” which are endemic in some parts of Indonesia. There is no time frame for this project. Interested laboratories may join at any time via the IGN coordinator.

 

3. Musa

This is a large scale project which was intended for a SINAS application in 2015. Two grant proposals were actually prepared but, for technical reasons, not submitted. Both proposals included several IGN members and nicely combined the expertise of the IGN. Since the grant applications are completely prepared, only an update is required for submission in 2016.

 

4. Rice

This is a large scale project which has been selected by the coordinator based on the interest and expertise of IGN members. It is not as far advanced as the Musa project but may be ready for submission in 2016.