Attesting to UPLB’s excellence in research are also the centers of excellence in research as proclaimed by Presidential Decrees:
- Farming Systems and Soil Resources Institute of the Agricultural Systems Cluster (ASC);
- Institute of Animal Science of the Animal and Dairy Science Cluster (ADSC);
- Institute of Plant Breeding of the Crop Science Cluster (CSC);
- National Crop Protection Center of the Crop Protection Cluster (CPC);
- Institute of Food Science and Technology of the Food Science Cluster (FSC); and the
- National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (BIOTECH).
ASC, ADSC, CSC, CPC and FSC are unit clusters under the College of Agriculture.
Farming Systems and Soil Resources Institute (FSSRI). The FSSRI pursues R&D strategies that improve the individual and community-based systems in various agro-ecosystems of the country. It offers individual and institutional services that meet farmers’ needs for technical assistance; project conceptualization and development, addressing distressed agricultural productions; training; and information. The FSSRI has been merged with other units into the Agricultural Systems Cluster of the CA.
Institute of Animal Science (IAS). The IAS is part of the initial core of a nationwide effort to respond to issues of food and agriculture for the country’s short- and longterm needs through instruction, research, and extension, and animal production. Along with the Dairy Training and Research Institute, it now forms the Animal and Dairy Sciences Cluster under the CA.
Institute of Plant Breeding (IPB). The country’s crop biotechnology research and breeding for all improved crops, except rice, is carried out here. It also hosts the National Plant Genetic Resources Laboratory or the Philippines’ germplasm bank of economically important plants in Asia and in Southeast Asia. The bank ensures biodiversity and conservation of useful, traditional, and wild varieties as genetic resources for breeding new improved varieties.
National Crop Protection Center (NCPC). A center of excellence in instruction, research, and extension in entomology, plant pathology, weed science, and pest management. It develops environmentally sound, sustainable, and cost-effective pest management programs and technologies to address the crop protection concerns of the national research agenda and of small farm holders. It hosts the National Plant Diagnostic and Health Center as well as a Plant Pest Clinic.
Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST). The IFST Implements instruction, research, and extension in food science and technology covering cost-effective utilization, processing, or conversion of raw agricultural and fishery commodities into safe, quality, and affordable food and food products. It deals with quality concerns at the interface between food production and consumption. The IFST is now merged with other units under the Food Science Cluster, College of Agriculture.
National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (BIOTECH). Implements R&D for basic and applied researches on molecular biology and biotechnology addressing needs related to agriculture, forestry, environment, energy, and industry. It hosts the Philippine national collection of microorganisms that has been identified as a National Reference Laboratory for microbiology.
The university's other research and extension centers and learning museums include:
Postharvest Training and Research Center (PHTRC). Implements most of the country’s R&D on postharvest technology for economically important crops and fruits.
La Granja Research and Training Station (LGRTS). A 288-hectare facility for crop and livestock research, training, and production programs especially for sustainable agriculture located in La Granja, La Carlota in Negros City.
Agricultural Machinery Testing and Evaluation Center (AMTEC). Conducts laboratory and field tests to verify machine specifications, performance quality of manufacturers, and the suitability of the machines to local farming conditions. It is the official testing and evaluation arm of the Department of Agriculture. All agriculture and fisheries machinery to be acquired under the various programs and projects of the DA pass through testing by the AMTEC.
Makiling Center for Mountain Ecosystems (MCME). This is the first research center in the Philippines to focus on the science and importance of mountains, especially Mt. Makiling.
Museum of Natural History (MNH). More than 300,000 Philippine plants, animals, and microorganisms representing the country’s rich biodiversity are ‘preserved’ in this treasure house.
Anatomy Museum and Parasite Collection Center. Found at the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM), the museum, exhibits terrestrial and aquatic animals at various stages of development, while the parasite collection houses parasites from domesticated and wild animals.