Scientific expeditions Lengguru-Kaimana

BANDUNG, KOMPAS – joint research and educational institutions and foreign research has the potential to enrich the national science resources. However, it should be emphasized that the research results are open and can not be the private property rights of certain parties.

“The contribution of research with foreign parties are expected to provide additional data for national researchers to conduct further research,” said the head of the Geological Museum Yunus Kusumabrata, Thursday (26/8) in Bandung.
Yunus pointed out the participation of the Geology Museum in Scientific Expedition Lengguru-Kaimana 2010 which will take place October 12 to November 13. The expedition initiated by Institut de Recherche pour le Developpement of France will examine and inventory the biodiversity in the region Lengguru Papua. The study includes a rainbow of fish populations, the study of the evolution of karstic structure, and evolution of life.

Previously, the Geology Museum has worked with the Government of Japan related to renovation and remodeling the museum as well as collaboration with the University of Wollongong, Australia, in the study of ancient elephant.
By actively in this expedition Yunus believes there are benefits to be had Geology Museum and six research institutes and other universities. Especially for Museum of Geology, he cited research activity fish of various ages in a few lakes that have dried in Lengguru. He hopes the method of data collection and research that can be used for similar research Geological Museum next.

According to Yunus, Geology Museum currently has about 30 fossil fish of various ages from Java or Sumatra. Some have not been recorded properly due to a lack of understanding of research methods. He hoped the two representatives of the Geological Museum in Expedition Lengguru, the master of vertebrates, Sinung Baskoro, and experts molluscs, Excel, can gain new knowledge.

 “Kita tidak usah malu belajar pada mereka yang saat ini memiliki kapasitas keilmuan dan kemampuan dana lebih baik,” ujarnya.

Geologists ITB, Budi Brahmantyo, said cooperation with foreign parties can provide additional experience and new scientific data. Lengguru expedition could give lessons and new understanding of the structure of karst in the eastern region of Indonesia. It is an opportunity that should be put to good use because often researchers Indonesia still hit the fund. The Indonesian government is often not eager to finance scientific research on the grounds of high cost.

However, representatives of ITB in Scientific Expedition Lengguru-Kaimana 2010 states, since the beginning of the Indonesian government should regulate the research. There must be firmness to determine the results of this study should not be private property.

“I think research with foreign parties must be increased. However, the emphasis that the research results are a source that is open to all people must come first,” said Budi who along hidrogeolog ITB, Erwin Irawan, will examine the structure of karst in Lengguru. (CHE)


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