Research Centers

Attesting to UPLB’s excellence in research are the centers of excellence in research as proclaimed by Presidential Decrees:

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National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Implements R&D for basic and applied researches on molecular biology and biotechnology addressing needs related to agriculture, forestry, environment, energy, and industry. BIOTECH is certified for quality management under ISO 9001:2015 while its Central Analytical Services Laboratory and Philippine National Collection of Microorganisms earned the ISO 17025:2005 certificates in 2014 and 2015, respectively.

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Institute of Plant Breeding

The country’s crop biotechnology research and breeding for all improved crops, except rice, is carried out here. It also hosts the National Plant Genetic Resources Laboratory or the Philippines’ germplasm bank of economically important plants in Asia and in Southeast Asia.

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National Crop Protection Center

A center of excellence in instruction, research, and extension in entomology, plant pathology, weed science, and pest management. It develops environmentally sound, sustainable, and cost-effective pest management programs and technologies to address the crop protection concerns of the national research agenda and of small farm holders.

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Farming Systems and Soil Resources Institute

Pursues R&D strategies to improve individual and community-based systems in various agro-ecosystems. It offers technical assistance conceptualizes and develops projects to help address distressed agricultural production systems, conducts trainings, and produces relevant information materials.

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Institute of Food Science and Technology

IFST implements instruction, research, and extension in food science and technology covering cost-effective utilization, processing, or conversion of raw agricultural and fishery commodities into safe, quality, and affordable food and food products.

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Institute of Animal Science

IAS was established as a part of the initial core of a nationwide effort to respond to issues of food and agriculture for the country’s short- and long-term needs through instruction, research, and extension in animal production.

The other research and public service centers and learning museums in the university:

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Agricultural Machinery, Testing and Evaluation Center

It conducts laboratory and field tests to verify machine specifications, performance quality of manufacturers, and the suitability of the machines to local farming conditions.

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La Granja Research and Training Station

A 288-hectare facility for crop and livestock research, training, and production programs especially for sustainable agriculture located in La Granja, La Carlota in Negros City.

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Makiling Center for Mountain Ecosystems

It is the first research center in the Philippines to focus on the science and importance of mountains, especially Mt. Makiling.

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Training Center for Tropical Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability

A training/ extension unit that packages and implements training courses in sustainable tropical resources and ecosystems management for the Asia-Pacific region.

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Institute of Cooperatives and Bio-Enterprise Development

ICOPED provides a strong focus on the development of cooperatives as viable economic and social business enterprises through instruction, research, extension and training, networking, and policy advocacy programs.

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Center for Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship

CTTE integrates programs, policies, and activities towards the protection, promotion, and successful disposition of the University’s technologies through licensing and technology business incubation to both the private and public sectors. It provides technical support for small and medium-scale enterprises in the country and the Asia-Pacific Region.

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Center for Agri-Fisheries and Biosystems Mechanization

BIOMECH addresses the need for mechanization towards efficient farming and fisheries processing operations in the country. Its contributions are guided by its main goal of helping achieve food security through agriculture mechanization and green energy production.

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Museum of Natural History

MNH houses preserved biological and zoological specimens, wood samples; by-products of microorganism, and thousands of living plants/trees maintained in a separate location. It is a reference for science and a center for documentation, research, and information. It has a collection of more than 200,000 preserved Philippine animals, plants, cultures of living microorganisms, and other biota that showcase the country’s rich biodiversity.

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Anatomy Museum and Parasite Collection Center

Found at the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM), the museum exhibits terrestrial and aquatic animals at various stages of development, while the parasite collection houses parasites from domesticated and wild animals.

Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension

3/F Bienvenido M. Gonzalez Hall (formerly UPLB Main Library Building)
University of the Philippines Los Baños
College, Laguna, Philippines 4031