NATURAL: Arboretum is plant conservation area which becomes one of Phytopharmaca research resource. (Rino/Humas UMM)
The wealth of medical plant that owned by Indonesia not comparable with scientific research in that field. Most of production result of medical plants still in the form of traditional recipe that not scientific. Therefore, phytopharmaca research intensely developed by Department of Biology, Faculty of Teacher Training and Education, University of Muhammadiyah Malang to be very crucial and strategic.
Phytopharmaca is a kind of natural medicine that already passed the process of clinic test in human. In Indonesia, said head of Biology Department UMM Dr Yuni Pantiwati MPd, not much of biology study program that intensely to develop phytopharmaca research.
“In addition to the limitation of experts in that field, research process until clinical test is also not easy, because need the proper laboratory facilities and not little fund,” she said when met at Biology Department office, Thursday (19/3).
Because it has a lot of experts in the field of health, also supported with international standard tool, Biology Study Program since 2005 not only develops research in that field, but the curriculum also included phythopharmaca course. “Interestingly is this course to be the most favorite course for all students,” said Yuni.
One tool of Biology Study Program for scientific test is Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) was used to know the anatomy of plants in detail. “The price of this tool reaches nearly two billion. We got this tool exactly from Hitachi. They gave grants to five campuses in Indonesia, UMM is one of those,” said Yuni.
In campus area, this Study Program has Arboretum which is the area of plants conservation as learning resource and student research also lecturers in the field Phytopharmaca. With those excellences, now Biology Study Program has strategic partnership with Guangxi University, China. UMM and Guangxi planned to take advantage the savor of lo han kuo fruit and gecko reptiles.
Yuni added, Phytopharmaca research also has relation with the vision of UMM hospital which combines modern western medicine with eastern medicine, especially China medical science and alternative medicine. (han/t_zuh)