Center for Biodiversity Research and Extension in Mindanao (CEBREM) 


Center for Biodiversity Research and Extension in Mindanao (CEBREM) 
a specialized research center of CMU



  • Overview
  • Objectives
  • Facilities
  • Researches & Publications
  • Training/Webinars/Seminars

CEBREM in a nutshell

The CEBREM building was established from the funds of the Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR)

The Center for Biodiversity Research and Extension in Mindanao (CEBREM) was established to protect and conserve the remaining biodiversity in Mindanao through research, training, education and community involvement. CEBREM is an integral part of Central Mindanao University (CMU) whose vision and mission call for environmental consciousness for a sustainable environment and a humane society.

The CMU Board of regents through Resolution No. 103, s 2011 institutionalized CEBREM on November 17, 2011. CEBREM is composed of six units: Biodiversity Research Unit (BRU), Biodiversity Education and Training Unit (BETU), Biodiversity Laboratories and Facilities Unit (BLFU), Biodiversity Extension and Public Awareness Unit (BEPAU), University Museum and the Mt. Musuan Zoological and Botanical Garden (MMZBG).

A grant from the Department of Agriculture- Bureau of Agriculture Research (DA-BAR) financed the construction of the CEBREM Building which houses the equipment for biodiversity research and extension activities and research laboratories as well as serve as venue for the training of different stakeholders.

Dr. Victor B. Amoroso was the first director of this center who proposed and implemented several researches on biodiversity regarding different mountain ecosystems in Mindanao. Through the passionate & indefatigable endeavors of Dr. Amoroso, the research expanded to cover the socio-economic aspects of the various stakeholders living in the vicinities of the mountain forest lands. His research interest also expanded on the conservation of economic and threatened taxa and even to the development of biopesticide products.

Today, Dr. Amoroso, heads externally-funded researches and enjoys being a DOST scientist, the first Professor Emeritus of CMU and the only NAST Academician from Mindanao, Philippines.

As Central Mindanao University continues to work for academic excellence, this center should be an agent to attain the lofty vision and mission to promote environmental awareness for a sustainable environment through the protection and conservation of biodiversity in Mindanao.


First Director of CEBREM
University Professor Emeritus
NAST Academician

This Center was established to protect and conserve biodiversity through research, education, training and community extension work. Specifically, it aims to:

    1. conduct research on biodiversity;
    2. spearhead in proposal preparation and assist in fund sourcing for biodiversity and conservation researches in Mindanao;
    3. enhance understanding on the importance of biodiversity through the production of communication, education and public awareness (CEPA) materials and conduct of seminar-workshops;
    4. train and develop personnel of SUC’s, GO’s, NGO’s, local people and other organizations on the conduct of research, conservation and the sustainable use of biodiversity;
    5. provide computerized database on species and ecosystem diversity;
    6. establish linkage and collaborate with international, national, and local institutions concerned with long-term ecological and biodiversity studies;
    7. upgrade and manage a Zoological and Botanical Garden, Natural History Museum and Natural Science Research Center for biodiversity studies and for public education and awareness; and
    8. recommend policy measures regarding the conservation and protection of

THE UNIVERSITY MUSEUM – The Natural History Museum of CEBREM
MT. MUSUAN ZOOLOGICAL AND BOTANICAL GARDEN (MMZBG) – A repository of Living Plants & Animals
UNIVERSITY FERNERY – An ex-situ conservation facility for ferns & lycophytes of Mindanao


  1. “Biodiversity in Selected Mountain Ecosystems of Mindanao for Conservation and Sustainable Development”
  2. Budget: Php 23,539,342.40
  3. Duration: December 1, 2018 – May 31, 2021
  4. Funding Agency: DOST-GIA
  • “Biodiversity Inventory, Assessment, and Conservation for Ecotourism Development in Mount Agad-Agad, Lanao del Norte”
  • Budget: Php 6,874,628.82
  • Duration: January 2020-June 2022
  • Funding Agency: DOST-NRCP
  • “PHARMAFERN: Development of Health Products from Ferns”
  • Budget: Php 21,287,776.64
  • Duration: December 2018-June 30, 2022 (Y1 of 2 Years)
  • Funding Agency: DOST-PCHRD
  • “Spore Morphology Ex-situ Conservation and Utilization of Mindanao Indigenous Products”
  •  Budget: Php 4,997,146.96
  • Duration: February 2022-January 2024
  • Funding Agency: DOST-PCAARRD


Two New Species of Metapocyrtus Heller, 1912 (Coleoptera: Pachyrhynchini) from Mount Natampod, Pantaron Range, Bukidnon, Mindanao, Philippines
Authors: Romeo R. Patano Jr.,Victor B. Amoroso, Alma B. Mohagan, Erl Pfian T. Maglangit, Fulgent P. Coritico, and Sheryl A. Yap

New Insights on the Morphology of the Philippine Endemic Ficus pseudopalma Blanco
Authors: Victor B. Amoroso, Cristine Mea A. Aser, Annabelle P. Villalobos, Rainear A. Mendez, Domingo P. Lodevico, Gina B. Barbosa

Species Composition and Assessment of Sphingidae in Mt. Agad-Agad, Iligan City, Philippines
Authors: Alma B. Mohagan, Maria Melanie M. Guiang, Olga M. Nuñeza , Fulgent P. Coritico, Honey Christine T. Anches , Hanah Gloricel H. Jebulan, Romeo R. Patano Jr., Erl Pfian T. Maglangit, Victor B. Amoroso

Ethnobotanical Study and Conservation Status of Plants Used by the Tigwahanon-Manobo in Mt. Malimumu, San Fernando, Bukidnon, Philippines
Authors: Mark Lloyd G. Dapar & Victor B. Amoroso

Vaccinium carmesinum (Ericaceae), a new species of blueberry from Mt. Tago Range, Mindanao Island, Philippines
Authors: Maverick N. Tamayo, Fulgent P. Coritico, Victor B. Amoroso, Darin S. Penneys, Danilo N. Tandang, Peter W. Fritsc

New Record of Ophioderma redactophylla (Ophioglossaceae) in the Philippines and New Insights to its Morphology
Authors: Fulgent P. Coritico, Yvonne Love L. Cariño, Maria Melanie M. Guiang, Victor B. Amoroso

Coleoptera Collection, Identification, Curation and Updates – May 22, 2022 Resource Persons from Czech Republic: Mgr. Dominik Vondracek, Ph.D.RNDr. Lukas Sekerka, Ph.D.Jiri Hajek, Ph.D.Mg.Cs.Vit Lukas, DiS.
Lichens: 20K Symbioses Wanting your Attention – July 29, 2022
The audience stationed at the Food Theater Center during the webinar on “Lichens: 20K Symbioses Wanting your Attention” with the Resource Persons Dr. Manuela Dal Forno and Dr. Bibiana Moncada
Writeshop on Scientific Article and Book Preparation at Natural Science Research Center – May 24-26, 2022
Writeshop on Scientific Article and Book Preparation at Natural Science Research Center – May 24-26, 2022