Project reveal conservation efforts on preserving giant clams
Giant clams are important players in coral reef ecosystems. They serve as habitat for fish, corals, and other marine organisms. However, most species of giant clams are already in danger of extinction due to disturbances brought about by climate change and human activities.
To help bring back giant clams from extinction, the University of the Philippines Diliman-Marine Science Institute (UPD-MSI) established giant clam cultures in the 1980s. The giant clams produced through these efforts have been restocked nationwide.
To date, this program aims to revisit giant clam restocking sites and other areas to assess current giant clam diversity and abundance. This program also aims to advance culture and rearing protocols for giant clams through the use of modern molecular approaches.
NICER Programs for Tamarind, Potato and Sweetpotato officially launched
MAGALANG, Pampanga – Three research and development (R&D) centers on Tamarind, Sweetpotato, and Potato will be established under the Niche Centers in the Regions for Research and Development (NICER) Program.
The Tamarind R&D Center will be established in Pampanga State Agricultural University (PSAU), the Potato R&D Center at the Benguet State University (BSU), and the Sweetpotato R&D Center at the Tarlac Agricultural University (TAU).
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) launched the NICER Program in 2017 to improve regional research in higher education institutions (HEIs) and therefore create equal research and development capabilities in every region of the country. The said centers will enable the provinces of Pampanga, Tarlac, and Benguet become the center of R&D for the tamarind, sweetpotato, and potato commodities.
Cooperatives and science-based evidence important in dairy buffalo, coffee, and bamboo industries
Cooperatives in coffee and dairy buffalo industries play an important role in stimulating adoption of technologies and improving production, while science-based evidence is important to support policies regarding investing in the bamboo industry.
These were the important findings of the two studies, “The Role of Cooperatives in Technology Adoption for Improved Production and Market Efficiency in Dairy Buffalo and Coffee” and “Creating an Enabling Environment for a Vibrant Philippine Bamboo Industry: Addressing Policy Constraints and Information Needs” funded by the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAARRD).
PCAARRD and DOST Region 2 forge partnership for e-commerce platform oneSTore.ph
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region 2 and the DOST-Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD) recently signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the project, “Inclusion of Products from PCAARRD–assisted MSMEs to oneSTore Nationwide.”
As the funding agency, Dr. Reynaldo V. Ebora, PCAARRD Executive Director led the MOA signing together with the project’s implementing agency’s head, Engr. Sancho A. Mabborang, Regional Director of DOST Region 2. The project’s duration is from January to December 2020.