Potato seed production technology in Southeast Asia to be discussed in webinar
A webinar scheduled on September 28, 2021 will be a venue to discuss potato seed production technologies in Southeast Asia, with focus on the Philippines and Vietnam. Challenges and opportunities in the potato industry will also be discussed by research experts.
The webinar, “Potato Seed Production Technology in Southeast Asia – with special focus on Vietnam and Philippines” is organized by the International Potato Center (CIP), CGIAR Research program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), and the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAARRD). It will be held via Zoom.
DOST-PCAARRD, UPD launch project to detect pest and disease resistance of coffee varieties
A new project will design a detection system to differentiate the susceptible varieties from resistant local varieties of coffee to pests and diseases.
The said project, “Development of a Detection System for Pest and Disease Resistance in Philippine Coffee Varieties,” will be led by Dr. Ernelea P. Cao of the Institute of Biology, University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD). It is funded by the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAARRD).
Development of PROTex protective apparels using fabric from local fibers takes off
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a call for sustainable and functional fabrics that will serve as protection for Filipinos against the disease.
To address this, the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAARRD) recently launched the project, “Community-Level Textile Raw Material Integration towards Self-sufficient Philippine Textiles Manufacturing of PROTex (Protective Re-engineered Occupational Technical Textiles) against COVID-19.”
DOST-PTRI will be collaborating with local weavers and fiber-producing communities from Apayao, Cavite, and Surigao del Sur using the fibers of Backcross Abaca with Native and Desirable Accessions to Lift Up the Abaca Industry (BANDALA) abaca, bamboo, and pineapple leaf for textile production.
Cacao R&D Center officially launched in Kabacan, Cotabato
With funding from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), University of Southern Mindanao (USM) launched the Cacao R&D Center on August 27, 2021, as part of the Niche Centers in the Regions for R&D (NICER) program.
The NICER Program, under the DOST’s Science for Change Program, aims to improve regional research in higher education institutions (HEIs) and therefore creates equal research and development capabilities in every region of the country.
The Cacao R&D Center is expected to address challenges affecting the cacao industry and hopes to increase supply amidst increasing global and local demand for cacao beans and byproducts.