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DOST-NRCP SYMPOSIUM PRESENTS RESEARCH-BASED NEW INFORMATION ON PHILIPPINE FLORA AND FAUNA

Monday, October 15, 2018 12:57 AM    Views : 190by:Jenny Leigh A. Daquioag

Communicating basic research findings or new knowledge to stakeholders and the public in the most comprehensible and easy manner is the aim of NRCP as it will present the results of six (6) of its researches pertaining to biodiversity focusing on the value of Philippine flora and fauna. This will be on 12 October 2018 at the Hotel Jen, Pasay City during the DOST National Research Council of the Philippines 2nd Basic Research Symposium.

With the theme "Communicating Basic Research Results to the People: The Value of Philippine Flora and Fauna", the researchers will present the results of their completed projects, along with their significance to innovative knowledge, improved industry, good health, low-cost medicine, and the viability of the country's biodiversity. The presentations are clustered into:  1) Philippine Flora: The Value to Agriculture, Industry, Health, and Pharmaceuticals; and 2) The Philippine Fauna: The Value to New Knowledge, Biodiversity, and Sustainability.

The research-based information will be useful to the public, in general, to keep them abreast of what is happening around them and allow them to realize the value of a healthy biodiversity and environment. For the students and budding researchers, the information may be valuable in their related research endeavors, and for the stakeholders like other government departments or agencies, policymakers, and private institutions, the results of the research projects may be useful in crafting laws on biodiversity and its sustainability, and even in utilizing the information to come up with new technology like drugs and alternative low-cost medicine .

The three (3) Projects on Philippine Flora

The Phylogeny of Argostemma species (Rubiaceae), is a study conducted by Dr. G. Jonathan B. Alejandro examined the genetic make-up of the Philippine endemic coffee shrubs. The results can be useful to the review of species ecology, evolution, biogeography, and conservation status, with great potential applications to the country's agriculture, conservation policies, and medical industry.

The other two (2) projects centered on the chemical diversity and drug potentials of Philippine indigenous plants.  The results of one project authored by Dr. Christine C. Hernandez show great potentials of certain species of plant as anti-hyperuricemic (gout) while the results of other project by Dr. Ross Dizon Vasquez shows the great probabilities of various plants extracts and a certain strand of lactic acid bacteria as probiotics and neutraceuticals. Pharmaceutical companies can tap these results in coming up with new drugs and health supplements.

The results of the study by Dr. Mary Ann Ona Torio on the Philippine beetle are expected to enrich the country's taxonomical records on the fauna of phylum Arthropods.  This may also be considered as initial effort to fully illustrate the uniqueness of the said species from the rest of other local and pandemic ones thriving in the local ecosystem.

The other studies conducted by Dr. Ayolani V. De Lara and Dr. Anna Pauline O. De Guia, respectively, focused on the roles of two (2) species of faunas on phyla Mollusca and Chordata in the ecosystem they live in, and on the pulmonate snail and the small non-volant mammals or rodents that are less than 1 kg. The research-based information culled from these projects may be useful in coming up with scientific solutions on the overpopulation of the species and or strengthening the others in the food web to be able to sustain and maintain balance and healthy ecosystem.

Participants in this symposium include key stakeholders from national government agencies, private organizations, academe, researchers, Science, Technology, and Mathematics (STEM) teachers, and Congress Committee on Public Health and Natural Resources.

Dr. Crisanta Marlene P. Rodriguez, Office of the Director, Biodiversity Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, will set the tone of the symposium as Keynote Speaker. DOST Undersecretary for R&D, Dr Cristina Rowena Guevara, will be in attendance to inspire and encourage scientists and researchers for timely dissemination and utilization of research results.

Source: http://www.nrcp.dost.gov.ph/latest-news/385-dost-nrcp-symposium-presents-research-based-new-information-on-philippine-flora-and-fauna

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