Re-announcement of Vacancy

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forests is pleased to re-announce the following post on contract for a period of 12 months:

Sl. No Position Title Position Level Minimum Qualification Required No. of Post Job location
1 Project Asst. S5A Class XII pass with minimum of 6 months experience preferably in project management and or have internship in communication and/or record management and/or financial management 1 National Biodiversity Centre

Interested applicants fulfilling the above-mentioned eligibility criteria may apply to Human Resource Division, MoAF latest by 31st August, 2017 with the following documents:

  • Academic transcript.
  • Photocopy of Citizenship ID Card.
  • Medical fitness certificate. (6 months)
  • Security clearance certificate. (Online approved status)
  • Any other certificates of experience/excellence if there is any;
  • RCSC employment forms- annexure 4/1 (please download the form from RCSC website)
  • No objection certificate from the employer, if already employed.
  • Produce original documents during the time of interview.

Please note that only the shortlisted candidates will be called for the selection interview. The date and time for Selection Interview will be announced at a later date on MoAF website.

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Contact # 02-332506-PABX; HR Asst. (SECT)-17506077 for more information.

New species of snails and plants described from Bhutan

Friday, August 4th, 2017

Snails

Three species of snails, new to science were discovered and described from Bhutan by the researchers from the National Biodiversity Centre (NBC), Serbithang, Naturalis Biodiversity Center (Naturalis), Netherlands and Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environmental Research (UWICER), Bumthang. The three newly described species are: Rahula kleini Gittenberger, Leda & Sherub, Rahula trongsaensis Gittenberger, Leda & Sherub, and Erhaia wangchuki Gittenberger, Sherub &Stelbrink. The type materials of these newly described species are deposited at the National Biodiversity Centre’s invertebrate repository. With these discoveries, as of July 2017, the total snails and slugs (Molluscs) of Bhutan stands at 120 species. However, the researchers expect that the number could be close to 200, because nearly every new locality brings in one or more species, either new to science or new record for Bhutan.

Rahula kleini is named after the Mr. Cornelis Klein, Bhutan’s Honorary Consul of the Netherlands and one of the initiators of Bhutan Invertebrate Project. Type material of R. kleini n. sp. was collected in 2015 from Mongar Dzongkhag at an altitude of 2300 meters above sea level (masl). The samples were collected by Prof. Edmund Gittenberger (Naturalis) and Mr. Pema Leda (NBC). This tiny shell measures at 3×2.7mm. (Fig. 1).The shells are globular conical, 3mm high, with radial riblets covering the entire teleoconch.

Rahula trongsaensis is named after Trongsa Dzongkhag as the species was found in Trongsa in 2015 by Prof. Edmund Gittenberger and Mr. Pema Leda at an altitude of 2210 masl. R. trongsaensis is smaller than R. kleini, measuring about 2.3×1.9mm (Fig. 2).The shells of R. trongsaensis are conical, with radial riblets only above the sharp peripheral keel with narrow umbilicus. This two new species were described and published in July, 2017 issue of the Journal of Conchology (2017), vol. 42, No.6.These species are expected to be found in India as well.

Erhaia wangchuki was collected accidently by Prof. Edmund Gittenberger in 2015 from Thimphu at an altitude of 2825 masl. In addition, in 2015, Mr. Jigme Wangchuk of UWICER found the species in Wangdue Phodrang at 2883 meters above sea level.  This species is described using DNA analysis as it is difficult to identify using only the shells. The shells of this species are conical, broader than high, with a flat apex, and teleoconch whorls are broadly shouldered and separated by a deeply incised suture. The holotype of this species is the largest shell and measures 2.2×1.2mm. It is expected that these snails may be distributed in China, India and Nepal. (Fig. 3). Erhaia wangchuki is the only genus with a single species recorded from Bhutan till date.

Erhaia wangchuki is named after Mr. Jigme Wangchuk of UWICER, who discovered this minute snail. A journal paper has been published in ZooKeys 679(June 2017, https://zookeys.pensoft.net/articles.php?id=13326).

The study of molluscs was initiated about four years ago as a collaborative project between NBC, UWICER, and the Naturalis, under the coordination of NBC and with funding support from Naturalis and Bhutan Trust Fund for Environmental Conservation (BTFEC).

Fig. 1. Rahula kleini

      Fig. 1. Rahula kleini                                                         

Fig. 2. Rahula trongsaensis

Fig. 2. Rahula trongsaensis

Fig. 3. Erhaia wangchuki

  Fig. 3. Erhaia wangchuki

Flora

Another interesting discovery is the addition of a new floral species.

Roscoea megalantha Tosh.Yoshida & R.Yangzom was described by researchers Mrs. Rinchen Yangzom from National Biodiversity Centre, Mr.  T. Yoshida of Blue Poppy Society of Japan, and Dr. M. F. Newman from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Scotland, UK. The plant was first described based on the specimens collected from eastern Bhutan in 2014 at an elevation of 2200m. The vouchers of type specimens are deposited at the National Herbarium (THIM), Serbithang and Herbaria of the University of Tokyo (TI) and Royal Botanic garden, Edinburgh (E).

Roscoea megalantha belongs to Zingiberaceae family. The species name ‘megalantha’ comes from Greek for large flower. The flowers are white with purple streaked in the middle (Fig. 4). The new species is distinguished from related species in having white flower with purple markings in the middle and corolla tube clearly exerted from calyx.

Currently, including this recent discovery, Bhutan has three species of Roscoea, namely, R. alpina, R. bhutanica and R. megalantha

This discovery is the result of several intensive botanical excursions and field work carried out as part of the collaborative research and partnership between the National Biodiversity Centre, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests of Bhutan and the Blue Poppy Society, Japan.

Fig.4. Roscoea_megalantha-by_Tosh.Yoshida_et_R.Yangzom

Fig. 4. Roscoea megalantha

 

NOTICE INVITING TENDER

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

The National Biodiversity Centre, Serbithang is pleased to invite sealed bids from eligible supplier for the supply and installation of lab. Equipment and consumables BP and ABS program, under NBC, Serbithang.

The tender documents can be downloaded from the link provided below:

Click Here: SBD for BP.

Last date of submission: not later than 11am on 03/09/2017

Opening date: 11:30am on 03/09/2017

For detail, contact: 02-351417/350268

 

Invitation of Airfare Quotation

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

The National Biodiversity Center, Serbithang would like to invite air fare quotation from the eligible ticketing agents for the following sectors, as per the itinerary provided below:

                   Travel Date Sectors
3rd Sept, 2017…………………….Paro-Bangkok
4th Sept, 2017…………………….Bangkok-Vientiane Lao PDR
9th Sept, 2017…………………….Vientiane Lao PDR-Bangkok
10th Sept, 2017…………………..Bangkok-Paro

  1. The sealed quotation shall be submitted to the office of undersigned on 25/07/2017, not later than 11 am and will be opened on the same day at 11.30 am.
  2. Sealed quotation should be addressed to the Program Director, NBC, Serbithang, MoAF, Thimphu and       accompanied by Nu. 1000 as an EMD in the form of cash warrant or demand draft payable to Program Director,     NBC, without which the quotation shall be invalid.
  3. Quotations without sealed envelope will be disqualified.
  4. The valid trade license and other necessary documents should be attached.
  5. The decision of the tender committee will be final and binding.

Evaluation of bids will be based on fare as well as the availability of confirmed seats, suitability of travel timing and reputation of the airline for safety reasons.

NOTIFICATION

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

As per the decision of the 133rd Lhengye Zhungtshog held on 20th June, 2017, The Interim Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) Policy of Bhutan 2015 has been adopted as the Access and Benefit-Sharing (ABS) Policy of Bhutan, 2015. The ABS Policy shall be in use until the revision of Biodiversity Act of Bhutan 2003.
Further, the ABS Policy shall serve as a basis for making decisions on any proposal for Access to Genetic Resources and associated Traditional Knowledge and Benefit-Sharing arising from its Research and Commercial Utilization.

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