Dr. P shared more about our lab's exciting findings on dung beetles during NTU's EOS-ASE Seminar series talk yesterday. Here's the video if you missed it!
Hope everyone's been doing alright during the COVID-19 pandemic? Come take a breather this Friday, 15 May 4-5pm SGT, and join the #SGSTEM Talk & Trivia session featuring Dr. P!
She'll be speaking about our current research involving black soldier flies (BSFs) and how they can aid us in combating food waste and contribute to local food security.
Dr Nalini visited Tampines Park today, and shared about the usefulness of a black soldier fly (BSF) army in combating food waste.
Food waste is one of the largest contributors of Singapore's waste, making up 20% of our total waste. Yet only 17% was recycled in 2019, according to the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources (n.d.). Singapore's 2019 Zero Waste Masterplan targets a 30% reduction in waste transported to Semakau Landfill for incineration.
While we should firstly aim to reduce generation of food waste, recycling our food waste by using it to rear BSFs, which can then be used as plant fertiliser or nutritious animal feed, in Singapore can be such a practical solution to help meet Singapore’s waste reduction goals.
Update: The BSF facility is up and running at Sustainability @ Tampines Park, Singapore’s first circular ecosystem for sustainable food production. Learn more about what they do here!
Lab Attendant (Part-time) for Reproductive Evolution Lab, Department of Biological Sciences, NUS
Our insect lab is currently seeking an experienced Lab Assistant. The successful candidate will perform various tasks to support the Research Assistant, mainly in the maintenance of our lab and insectary. The individual will work collaboratively with students of the lab.
· Maintenance of live insect stock cultures
· Cleaning of used stock cultures and work area
· Preparation of microscopy slides for research purposes
· Restocking of lab supplies and reagents
· Prior experience in working with insects and in the molecular lab
· Ability to work independently
· Good communication and organization skills
· Conscientious and responsible
· 4 – 8 working hours per week (flexible)
· Able to commit at least 6 months
· Pay is dependent on candidate experience ($6-7/hr)
The Reproductive Evolution Lab at NUS is led by Assistant Professor Nalini Puniamoorthy.
The Beetles were featured in an episode of Channel 8's "Morning Express", a Mandarin-speaking programme. Turn on captions for English subtitles!
We took a short break today to celebrate our beloved PI's birthday. Happy birthday Dr Nalini! Hope you had a great day!
Our UROPS student will soon be leaving for her exchange in the US after a long semester of hard work in our lab on dung beetles. You've done a great job, Hillary! Hope you like your "Beetle Friends" shirt, and see you soon!
Dr. P was live on CNA recently to share about the importance of insects in our lives. These tiny bugs are crucial to many ecological networks and also provide us various beloved products such as honey, or services such as pollination! Find out more during the premier of Wild City: Secret World on 10 August, 9pm on CNA, or watch online afterwards at cna.asia/wild-city.
The Reprolab was at the airport recently to send our RA off on her next phase in life.
Hope you like your "Exceptional Existence Award" medal!
Bye Qian Hui, all the best to you!!