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The University Farm consists of the divisions of crop research, horticultural research and basic research. University Farm includes 12 hectares of farmland and 0.6 hectares of greenhouses.
Research : The Arboretum promotes research by our faculty members and students to increase our knowledge of the botany and evolutionary history of plants in eastern Asia. General interest is in taxonomy and nomenclature of plants in Korea; at the same time, we are collecting plant germplasm of rare and endangered plants.
Education : The Arboretum offers basic educational material for students and conducts leading research on taxonomy and identification of trees and shrubs throughout eastern Asia.
Garden and Herbarium : Gwanak Arboretum (1,501 ha) is located at the southern suburbs of Seoul City extending from the border of the university's main campus to the Anyang valley of Mt. Gwanak. It is surrounded by oak-maple natural forest at 37°25'N latitude, 126°59'E longitude (atl. 90-200 m).
Gwanak Arboretum has collections of more than 1,700 taxa. Suwon Arboretum is located in Suwon at 37°15'N latitude, 128°59'E longitude (atl. 44 m), and has collections of 500 species of trees, shrubs and other plant from around the northern temperate hemisphere. Annual mean temperature and precipitation of both areas are around 11° and 1,190 mm. Major garden features include the Amur flora garden (eastern Korean flora), evergreen and warm temperate flora (Korea-Japan flora), North Chinese flora (western Korean flora), and fern collections.
The T.B. Lee Herbarium at Gwanak campus has about 100,00 specimens collected from China, Japan and Nepal as well as south Korea. The Arboretum is devoted to covering the literature of taxonomy regarding all eastern Asian flora.
The Agriculture and Life Sciences Library currently holds approximately 150,000 volumes of books for agricultural sciences and offers 43,000 electronic journals which are easily accessed through the library homepage. FAO publications, DVDs related to agricultural sciences, and the Digital Insect Museum data services are also available at the library.
Because of its successful establishment, Ministry of Education, Sciences and Technology of Korea funded operation budget to NICEM from 1998 to promote and facilitate more rational and efficient use of highly valued research equipment. And, from year 2000, Ministry of Education, Sciences and Technology provided additional budget with an amount of approximately 1 million dollars per year for NICEM to upgrade and purchase the latest research equipment.
NICEM has grown into large organization as we hold increased number in staff members. Each year about 17,000 people use NICEM's equipments. The most encouraging fact is that more than 70% of its users are from over 200 organizations outside of the SNU, which indicates successful accomplishment of NICEM and its role as a nationwide research-and-education supporting institute.
NICEM endeavors to contribute in the agricultural sciences and technologies and sustainable agricultural practices in Korea continuously. This venture can be established by upgrading research capacity with the latest equipments and services to all agricultural and veterinary colleges in Korea, as well as educating most talented agricultural human resource.
NICEM is committed to provide most reliable and timely service on various analytical measurement data and listen to the comments of the equipment users so as to increase the utilization of our equipments and services. NICEM is open to all who wish to take the opportunities and its potential for their scientific endeavor.
The Information Center for Agriculture and Life Sciences (iCALS)
The Information Center for Agriculture and Life Sciences (iCALS) provides services to support education and research activities in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences(CALS)
The primary task of the iCALS is to serve the CALS faculties and students administratively as well as computationally in association with education, research, and training. The iCALS cooperates with the University Computer Center (UCC) to facilitate campus networking, runs a computer laboratory for lectures(Bldg 200, Bio Hall Room 1007) and information navigation(Bldg 200, Bio Hall Room 1008), and manages the home pages of the CALS and its associated institutes. The services of the wireless internet and Uspace internet cafe are also part of the iCALS work.
The website (http://icals.snu.ac.kr) operated by iCALS provides information on major IT services, agricultural life news, and research projects that are open to the public.
The main tasks are as following: 1) diagnosis of damages on useful plant caused by plant diseases, insect pests and physiological disturbances, 2) field visitation and postal services, 3) consultation on management of plant health by using internet homepage, 4) services of recent theories on management of ornamental trees, 5) management of program, ‘Training Course of Landscape Tree Maintenance’ which is held twice a year, 6) R & D (Researches and Development) on managements of plant health and publication of professional books. The UPC is contributed to the public reputation of Seoul National University by providing various services on the consultation and diagnosis of the management of plant health to local communities.
The major courses delivered by the institute are licensing course, in-service training course and special development course. The institute has administered a leadership program for vocational education supervisors and administrators from the local offices of education in Korea since 2004.
Main facilities for metalworking include: arc welding, lathe, milling machine, universal cutter, and CNC. Facilities for woodworking include: band saw, circular saw, wood lathe, and wood plane. Additional facilities and tools include: various agricultural machineries such as tractors, combines, rice transplanters, and many others. Farm shop is open to all users for education, research, and social service.
The Insect museum also has various data and literature regarding the insect faunistic and geological research of Korean peninsula. The specimens are used for identification services and many research activities related to the prediction of pest outbreak, the investigation of beneficial insect species like endogenous natural enemies, and pollinating bees. We are able to evaluate the destroyed ecosystem or the restored ecosystem and measure the contamination level of environment by using collection data and specimens. They are also used for the plant quarantine service to protect the biodiversity of Korean peninsula.