Cebu Technological University – Research

Facilities and Services

Biodiversity, Environment and Natural Resources Center (BENRC)

RDE CENTER FACILITIES

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Food Innovation Laboratory Section

The Food Innovation Laboratory Section of Biodiversity, Environment and Natural Resources Center (BENRC), is a food processing laboratory that develops, evaluates and promotes new technology, new products, efficient processing systems, technology/product commercialization and marketing strategies and to improve the quality of processed foods in terms of sensory, nutritional values and industrial uses and also provide local food processors opportunity to innovate on old products, produce new ones, or create new benefits to agricultural and fishery resources. The Food Innovation Laboratory is equipped with two built-in ovens and temper- and temperature-resistant work areas. It also has a 6-seater Sensory Evaluation Room.

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Genotoxicity and Cytotoxicity Laboratory Section

The Genotoxicity and Cytotoxicity Laboratory Section of the Biodiversity, Environment and Natural Resources Center (BENRC) is a chemical laboratory intended for research and analysis related to environmental pollution, proximate analysis and phytochemical screening. It is equipped with state of the art laboratory equipment, namely, rotary evaporator, laboratory refrigerator, gel electrophoresis, multi-plate reader, UV-Vis, laboratory oven, incubator among others.The facilities in the section are for the utilization of all faculty and staff of the university.

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Biology Laboratory Section

The Biology Laboratory Section of the Biodiversity, Environment and Natural Resources Center (BENRC) is a biological/microbiological laboratory intended for research and analysis related to environmental pollution, shelf-life of food products and other related activities. The section also focuses on natural products research and extraction of essential plant metabolites. This section will be offering microbial and shelf-life studies services in the future. The Biology Laboratory Section has facilities like preparative HPLC, rotary evaporator, and microscopes, among others. The facilities in the section are for the utilization of all faculty and staff of the university.

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Biodiversity Museum Section

The Biodiversity Museum of the Biodiversity, Environment and Natural Resources Center (BENRC) houses a specimen collection of flora and fauna in Key Biodiversity Areas and Marine Protected Areas of the province. Other important flora and fauna samples from other parts of the country are also collected in the museum. The museum would serve as an avenue for students and communities who are interested in gaining insights of the diverse flora and fauna our country has.

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OTHER FACILITIES

Biodiversity, Environment and Natural Resources Center (BENRC)

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Center Director’s Office

The Center Director’s Office of the Biodiversity, Environment and Natural Resources Center (BENRC), is the principal office of the head of the Center. The Center Director is responsible for overall management and supervision of the activities and resources of the Center. The Director’s office has one table and a computer set and a sofa bed where the visitor can sit and relax.

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BENRC Lounge

The Center Lounge of the Biodiversity, Environment and Natural Resources Center (BENRC), is an area of the Center where you can sit, wait and relax. Also available at the lounge are research-related documents, manuals, EIC materials and some research materials of the faculty of the Campus. A wall-mounted TV set is also provided in the lounge.

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Conference Room

The Center Conference of the Biodiversity, Environment and Natural Resources Center (BENRC), is the meeting room of the personnel of the Center where they gather and meet to discuss issues, ideas and work that focus on a topic of mutual concern. The BENRC conference room has a 16-seater conference table and a 72” flat screen Smart TV.

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Staff Office

The Biodiversity Research Staff Office of the Biodiversity, Environment and Natural Resources Center (BENRC), is an area where the Section Heads and the Science Research Assistants of the Center work as a team to cover their individual duties and fill in when necessary. The office has 5 tables with computers each, two 3-in-1 printers, one colored photocopier machine and a 6-seater table to hold meetings. The facilities in the section are for utilization of all faculty and staff of the Center.

BIODIVERSITY, ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES CENTER (BENRC) SERVICES

Biology Laboratory Section

Microbial analyses

Microbial culture

Preparative HPLC

Food Innovation Laboratory Section

Formulation and optimization of food products innovated through research and development

Sensory evaluation

Genotoxicity and Cytotoxicity Laboratory Section

Genotoxicity and cytotoxicity analyses

Physico-chemical analyses

Phytochemical screening

Proximate analysis

Rotary vaporization extraction of plant extracts

Museum Section

Identification and certification of flora samples

A showcase collection of flora and fauna in biodiversity areas

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