Facilities

The Center's facilities include:

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The main station has four buildings with dormitory-style accommodation quarters for 30 people and three laboratories with 200 m2 of air-conditioned laboratory space.

The equipment includes 15 computers connected to a local wireless network with broadband internet access via satellite link, a network of four HF radios, satellite phones, a small library of mainly biological books, six stereomicroscopes with fibre-optic lights and macro photography including image montage software, two back-up electricity generation units, 14 insect cabinets, insect and plant drying ovens, freezers, shade-house for plant experiments and a room for insect rearing. An insect reference collection of more than 1,500 species is on-site. The Center has three 4WD vehicle (Toyota Landcruiser).

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The Swire Research Station [ link ] comprises three buildings with accommodation and lab space, HF radio and solar electricity in lowland forests.

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The Ubii camp provides accommodation and laboratory space with basic equipment for insect rearing and mounting, one stereomicroscope, one laptop computer, solar insect dryer, solar power and a greenhouse.

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The Center is adjacent to the Madang Lagoon with exceptionally species-rich coral reefs and marine life. It has also an easy access to primary and secondary lowland rain forests (0-400 m asl.), stretching from the coast to the slopes of the Adelbert Mts. Annual rainfall in the Madang area is 3558 mm, usually with a distinct dry season from July to September, while air temperature varies very little during the year, with mean monthly temperature of 26.5C.

The Center is situated in peaceful Nagada Harbour:
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