Inland aquatic resources researchers named as UP scientists
Three researchers from the inland aquatic sector were given the title of Scientist in a ceremony held on July 2016 at the UP NISMED Auditorium, Diliman, Quezon City.
Dr. Rex Ferdinand M. Traifalgar, Ph.D. Fisheries Science (Nutritional Immunology) graduate from Kagoshima University, Japan, and Associate Professor 4 at the University of the Philippines (UP) Visayas in Miagao, Iloilo, was conferred the title of Scientist I by the UP System.
Shrimp disease detection kit of UST wins second place in 2016 NICE
The Juan Amplification (JAmp) Detection Kit placed second in the Creative Research Category (Likha Award) of the National Invention Contest and Exhibits (NICE).
Developed by the University of Santo Tomas (UST), the technology is a novel way of detecting white spot syndrome virus, which causes large economic losses in shrimp farms.
The technology is an output of the project, Development of a Practical Heat Block Apparatus for Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification (LAMP) Based Detection of Shrimp Pathogens.
A goat farm enterprise for DOST-PCAARRD security personnel
Graduates of the Farmer Livestock School on Goat Enterprise Management across the country have shown that raising goats even using meager resources can augment farm income.
To show the workers of the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAARRD) the viability of what it preaches, the Council’s management set up a goat farm at its backyard and invited its security personnel to serve as goat keepers. Fourteen security guards acquiesced to the invitation and signed the Covenant of Commitment on July 20, 2016.
Carrageenan plant food supplement boosts mungbean yields
Carrageenan plant food supplement (PFS) recorded an average of 494% yield increase for mungbean varieties Labo, Pag-asa 7, and Pag-asa 19. The three varieties treated with carrageenan produced 1.2-1.5 tons per hectare (t/ha) compared with the control, which only produced 0.15-0.31 t/ha.
Carrageenan PFS is extracted from seaweeds and further degraded through irradiation. The carrageenan PFS, applied via foliar spray at a rate of 10 ml per liter of water, promoted plant growth, seed germination, shoot elongation, root growth, flower production, and suppression of heavy metals, among others.