IPB News Update Natural and Health April 2022

IPB University Ranks 1st Nationwide in Three Subjects According to QS WUR 2022

IPB University is setting records with new achievements of ranking first nationwide in three subjects and one new subject based on the QS WUR by Subject 2022 list. These subjects include Agriculture and Forestry, Environmental Science, and Biological Science. This new release has also placed IPB University on the list of institution ranking for the Social Science and Management subject.


Early April, QS World University Rankings (QS WUR) has just released their 2022 by Subject list. This year, IPB University makes the list in five different subjects: Agriculture & Forestry, Environmental Science, Biological Science, Economics & Econometric, and Social Science & Management.

QS WUR by Subject evaluates five indicators which includes academic reputation, citation per paper, employer reputation, H-index, and international research network (IRN).

For the field of Agriculture & Forestry, IPB University obtained the score of 73, higher than the previous year’s 71.3 score. With this improvement, IPB University has now placed first in the subject nationally and in ASEAN, while also placing sixth in Asia and 41st in the world.

In Environmental Science, IPB University has obtained 65.3, placing the university again in first place nationally, as well as 11th in ASEAN, 75th in Asia, and 351-400 in the world.

IPB University has also taken a place in the list for Biological Science subject with a score of 53.6, placing first nationally, 13th in ASEAN, 135th in Asia, and 551-600 in the world.

For the field of Economics and Econometrics, IPB University achieved a score of 53.2. This score has placed IPB University in fourth place nationally and 15th in ASEAN. IPB University also places 82nd in Asia and 401-450 in the world for this subject.

The latest achievement of IPB University in relation to the QS WUR by Subject list is making the list for Social Science & Management with a score of 60.5. With this score, IPB University places 6th nationally, 28th in ASEAN, 110th in Asia, and 451-500 in the world.

The Rector of IPB University, Prof Arif Satria, expressed that the improvements in ranking and these latest achievements show the increase of performance in working units and civitas of IPB University. He conveyed his gratitude to all components within IPB University who had worked hard and allowed these acknowledgements to be possible. These achievements mark our excellence in these particular subjects and in order to improve these fields in the future, we are welcoming even more collaborations with our international partners.


Click@ Toothpaste, Invention of IPB University Researcher, Selected as Top 113 Innovations in Indonesia by BIC

Click@, toothpaste invention by researcher of IPB University has made the top 113 Innovations in Indonesia list by the Business Innovation Center (BIC). The innovation was made to overcome the increase of caries cases in Indonesia by using a combination of active ingredients Nano Hydroxyapatite and Curcuma aerogynosa, which has never been done before. The product is planned to be launched in 2023 for the commercial market.


A new innovation invented by IPB University research team prevents caries by reviewing toothpaste formulation. This innovation, which resulted in the Click@ toothpaste product, has made the list of 113 Innovations in Indonesia by the Business Innovation Center (BIC). Their product was featured within the 113 innovations after being selected amongst 4.232 innovators who had proposed as many as 6.000 proposals. The research is titled “Biodent: Toothpaste Fortified with Nano Hydroxyapatite and Active Ingredient Curcuma aerogynosa”. The research reviewed the problem of high caries cases in Indonesian children and led to the conclusion that there needs to be fortification in toothpaste formula using an active ingredient with properties of caries prevention.

The team’s Head Researcher, Dr Yessie Widya Sari from IPB University’s Department of Physics, explained that the name of the registered product written in the published article on BIC’s website has now changed to Click@. This was due to its commercialization process and marks the beginning of Click@ toothpaste’ journey in competing with other toothpaste product available in the market.

Besides Dr Yessie, the research team is composed of five people who are Dr Wulan Tri Wahyuni and Prof Irmanida Batubara, lecturers of IPB University’s Chemistry Department, Prof Y Aris Purwanto, lecturer of IPB University’s Department of Agricultural Engineering and Technology, Nur Aisyah Nuzulia, M.Si, lecturer of IPB University’s Department of Physics, and Dr Dikky Indrawan from IPB University’s School of Business.

The toothpaste product offered by Dr Yessie has the main advantage of preventing caries. She explained that the use of hydroxyapatite with nano sizes are effective in replacing calcium and phosphate which has been eroded from the teeth’s email. Its combination with the active ingredient Curcuma aerogynosa is effective to prevent the formation of plaques as it has antibacterial and antibiofilm properties. This antibacterial property has similar function with the synthetic ingredient found in mouth and dental products which are widely available in the market.

Dr Yessie explained that there are currently no commercially available toothpaste products with Curcuma aerogynosa as its active ingredient. Its unique nano-hydroxyapatite and Curcuma aerogynosa combination comes entirely from local sources, ensuring the product’s independency from import supplies. Once the product has been commercialized (planned to be launched in 2023) Dr Yessie hopes that it will help her achieve their research goal of decreasing caries cases in Indonesia.

IPB University’s School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedicine to Build an Assisted Reproductive Technology and Bio-Bank Laboratory for Sumatran Rhinos

After extensive work in reproduction of the endangered Sumatran rhinos, IPB University will be opening an Assisted Reproductive Technology and Bio-Bank Laboratory for Sumatran Rhinos where in-vitro fertilization of the species genetic resources will be worked on. This new lab would give the species a new light of hope for survival as it races against extinction.


IPB University’s School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedicine (SKHB) will be building a Laboratory of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) and Bio-Bank for Sumatran Rhinos and Endangered Wildlife in Indonesia. SKHB will be applying ART and Bio-Bank as a technological innovation to conserve the Sumatran rhinos and other endangered wildlife from extinction. Prof Deni Noviana explained the application of technology will be done in two methods which are cryopreservation to keep the preserve genetic resources (sperm, fibroblast cell, stem cell, and embryo) while the assisted reproductive technology will be utilized for propagation program of Sumatran rhinos.

In 2017, two researchers from SKHB, Dr Muhammad Agil and Prof Arief Boediono, as well as the team from the Institute of Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW) Germany which is internationally renowned in ART and Bio-bank, have successfully harvested the ovum of the last female Sumatran rhino in Malaysia before its mortality. The last ovum was initially planned to be sent to SKHB for in-vitro fertilization, however, high-quality sperm was not yet available at the time.

Therefore, through the presence of establishment of this ART laboratory and Bio-Bank, such an issue is hoped to be prevented in the future. This would allow the unfortunate mortality or reproductive failure of Sumatran rhinos to still present a possibility through the provision of genetic material which could be utilized well in the future.

According to Dr Muhammad Agil as the Head Researcher, this ART and Bio-Bank laboratory is planned to be established in the coming 2023. He added that the 2022-2027 road map and program planning for the application of Bio-Bank for Sumatran rhinos have already been completed.