Sowing S&T Innovations through the Press for Agri-Aqua Growth
The search is on for the first Ulat SIPAG Awardees. PCAARRD has opened its doors to nominations for the 2017 Ulat SIPAG award. Consisting of the print and broadcast categories, Ulat SIPAG, seeks to boost the promotion of the Council’s Strategic Industry (S&T) Program for Agri-Aqua Growth (SIPAG).
The Industry Strategic S&T Program (ISP), the Council’s latest R&D-enabling blueprint, embodies the different S&T Plans for selected agricultural commodities and crosscutting concerns, describe the targets for each industry, and pinpoint the aspects of the industry where S&T will make a difference.
Inland aquatic researchers explore new technology on microalgae in Taiwan
A global technology search team from the Philippines visited Taiwan recently in search for innovations/advances in production and other potential application of microalgae suited under Philippine condition.
Dr. Augusto E. Serrano, Jr., Program Leader of the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD) National Aquafeeds S&T Program from the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences-University of the Philippines Visayas (CFOS-UPV), and Engr. Eduardo V. Manalili, Industry Strategic S&T Program (ISP) Manager for Aquafeeds of the Inland Aquatic Resources Research Division- PCAARRD (IARRD-PCAARRD) made up the team. They visited the National Sun Yat-sen University (NSYSU), National Dong Hwa University (NDHU), and National Pingtung University of Science and Technology (NPUST).
Nutrient formulations for potato seed production using aeroponics being developed by IPB-UPLB
Nutrient formulations for the aeroponics system are being developed by the Institute of Plant Breeding of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (IPB-UPLB). The formulations are being used to produce cheaper and clean potato planting materials through aeroponics.
Once tested for its effectiveness, the nutrient formulations will help in producing potato seeds using aeroponics, a soilless method of producing potato seeds wherein plant roots are enclosed in a dark compartment. Aeroponics requires smaller space and potentially lower input costs like labor, nutrients, water, and chemical pesticides while producing more seeds relative to conventional seed production.
Improved tourism opportunities for Cabuan through coral reef restoration technology
While Camiguin island is essentially known for its sweet lanzones, this province has something more to boast about. The island is blessed with natural attractions such as cool refreshing waters and waterfalls, panoramic view of the ocean, and potential divesites. One of such divesites is in barangay Cabuan, Guinsiliban in Camiguin.
Aware of such potential, the Cabuan Community Village Coastal Tour Association (CCVCTA) collaborated with the Department of Science and Technology and the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD), Sangkalikasan Producers Cooperative (SPC), and the provincial government of Camiguin in addressing coral degradation in the island through the government’s roll-out of Coral Reef Restoration (asexual) Program.