The bat species in Indonesia are threatened, while 4 out of 225 species are now almost at extinction. Leading expert on bats Ibnu Maryanto of Biological Research Center, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) said that Otomops Johstonoi species (Flores and Alor), reviews Neoptenus Trostii (Sulawesi), Rouseptus Linduenst (on the lake Lindu, Sulawesi) and Otomops Forrmosus (in Java).
According to scientists, logging, deforestation and over-exploitation activities in karst areas – familiar habitat of bats – are the main factors threatening and reduce the number of of bats.
LIPI Lukman Hakim Director said that bats play an important role in balancing the ecosystem and are useful for human life, when it is one of the mammals, insects and natural food sales to plant pollen.
In total 225 species of bats in Indonesia, with 75 species eat fruit, interesting science facts insects and pollinators, insect eaters 148 to help people against insects and disease. In an hour a bat can eat 6,000 insects.
So it is easy to see malaria caused by mosquito will spread like if bats are no longer. Show cultivation Indonesia saw the effects of the decline in the number of bats in their role as pollinators.
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Unfortunately familiar habitat of bats have been human intervention and destruction across Indonesia, from Jakarta, Bogor, Depok came from Bekasi, as well as in most of the forests in the country. Mr. Lukman Hakim said LIPI very interested in the environment and will strengthen cooperation with the researchers of bats in Southeast Asia and around the world.
LIPI has organized international seminars on bats from 6 to 9/6, with the participation of 80 researchers from 20 countries, including Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Brunei, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Singapore, India, China, Japan, USA, Canada, UK, Australia, Pakistan, Vanuatu and Taiwan regions. This is the second workshop follows a similar workshop was held in Phuket, Thailand in 2007… read more random fact of the day.