Root trainer technology to improve growth and development of rubber seedlings
Rubber seedlings grown in root trainer containers develop 300% more lateral roots compared with rubber seedlings grown in conventional polybags. This results in faster growth and development of rubber quality planting materials.
The root trainer technology enhances the development of straight tap root and many root hairs allowing the rubber plant to withstand environmental stress after planting, resulting in high survival rate and uniformity in growth.
Goat feed made from Indigofera to increase dairy goat’s milk production
No doubt, Filipinos are a huge consumer of milk. According to the National Dairy Authority (NDA), the country’s milk import in 2018 totaled 531.47 million kilograms (kg), worth ₱52 billion. Local milk production, on the other hand, only contributed 23.69 M kg.
Of the total local milk production, only 3% came from dairy goats. Local milk production, which averages 1.17 liters/day per animal, was hampered by the scarcity of feeds and poor genetics, which are cited as some of the challenges of the industry.
To increase goat milk production, a study by the Central Luzon State University (CLSU) explored the use of a shrub, Indigofera zollingeriana as feed for dairy goats. Titled, “Enhancing Milk Production of Dairy Goats through Indigofera zollingeriana Supplementation,” the study is led by Dr. Edgar A. Orden of CLSU, Nueva Ecija.
2nd National Technology Transfer Day features DOST-PCAARRD funded technologies
Technologies supported by the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAARRD) were featured on the second National Technology Transfer Day conducted by DOST’s Technology Application and Promotion Institute (DOST-TAPI).
The event was held on April 4, 2019 at the Reception Hall, Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Pasay City. It also featured technologies from the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development and (DOST-PCHRD) and Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD).
Spore Bank established for conservation and propagation of ferns
Endangered and economically important ferns are being conserved and propagated through a project titled, “Spore Bank Establishment, Propagation and Conservation of Economically Important Ferns.”
The project aims to address the decline in fern populations by maintaining spore availability and viability throughout the year. It was achieved through the establishment of a spore bank for long-term conservation; development of propagation protocols for spore germination as well as gametophyte and sporophyte development; and propagation of endangered and economically important ferns through in vitro culture.