As part of “The International Conference & Workshops in conjunction with the 8th Indonesia Biotechnology Conference (IBC) 2023” series, a workshop took place on May 18, 2023, at Eka Karya Botanical Garden in Bedugul, Bali. The aim was to introduce and provide training on the RAMES method to graduate students and researchers in the biotechnology field.
RAMES, or RApid Metabolome Extraction and Storage, is a quick and efficient method of collecting and storing plant metabolome samples. It’s compatible with various bioactivity tests. This method utilizes special tools that extract phytochemical compounds from plant tissues and immobilize them on glass filter disks. By using this method, we can build a library of plant metabolomes from different ecosystems and geographical regions.
The workshop took place at Eka Karya Botanical Garden, which is not only the largest botanical garden in Indonesia but also houses a diverse collection of tropical plants, including medicinal plants and other plants relevant to biotechnology.
The RAMES workshop welcomed 22 graduate students and young researchers from various universities and research institutions in Indonesia, selected through a committee selection process. Graduate students from Rutgers University served as trainers for this workshop. In addition to the workshop participants, the visit to Bali Botanical Garden was attended by invited speakers, members of the organizing committee, and conference participants, totaling 78 people.
The workshop was divided into six sessions, each lasting approximately 30-40 minutes. The first session provided an explanation of what RAMES is and introduced the plants used as experimental objects. Subsequent sessions covered various aspects, including the extraction process and assays such as Antifungal STN, Antibacterial STN, and Antioxidant STN.
During their visit, participants also had the chance to explore the fascinating plant collections at the Bali Botanical Garden. These collections ranged from ferns to captivating black orchids. The closing ceremony marked the end of the series of events at 4:00 PM local time and was followed by a return trip to Denpasar.
KBI wants to express gratitude to all the workshop participants, committee members, speakers, and everyone involved in making this workshop event a success. Special thanks are also extended to the company partners who generously co-sponsored this activity.
We look forward to seeing you again at the next KBI event!
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