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DOST-FPRDI Boosts Help To Indigenous Groups

Above photo: Mr. Eduardo M. Atienza demonstrates bamboo finishing techniques. Lower photo: Trainees from the B'laan tribe work on their bamboo handicrafts (photos courtesy of For. Moreno L. Santander Jr.). In support of the Duterte administration's socio-economic agenda that underpin rural development, the Department of Science and Technology's Forest Products Research and Development Institut ...

Farmer-cooperators In Caraga Demo Prove S&T-based Technologies For Cardaba

Farmer-cooperators of the PCAARRD-funded project "Adoption of S&T-based Integrated Crop Management and Good Agricultural Practices for Cardaba Banana in Caraga Region": From left: Demetrio Tabelon, Julius Legaspo, and Severino Garrido, all of Barangay Tiniwisan, Butuan City With heads tilted and mouths agape at the abundance of banana bunches ready for harvest, visitors wandered the demo f ...

Carrageenan Boosts Rice Production

Carrageenan plant growth regulator (CPGR) can enhance the yield of rice by 15-30% (Photo from the Crops Research Division, DOST-PCAARRD) Carrageenan extracted from seaweeds and further degraded through irradiation may be the latest breakthrough in Philippine agriculture. Carrageenan is an indigestible polysaccharide when subjected to modified irradiation technology can be an effective growt ...

Swine Genomics To Help Improve The Industry's Productivity

Commercial pigs in their pen (Photo from the Livestock Research Division, DOST-PCAARRD) In other swine-producing countries, the application of gene markers that are associated to economically important traits has resulted in significant improvement in the number of pigs produced and consequently the hog liveweight produced per sow per year. In the Philippines, the application of gene marker ...

Smarter Agriculture

An unmanned aerial vehicle helps in taking images of the farm (Photo from UPLB) With all the undesirable climate change effects in agriculture, the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAARRD) initiated and funded programs and projects addressing the negative effects of climate change i ...

UP Diliman Builds Device To Check Fish Freshness

For the picky market shoppers, there's a whole ritual that needs to be done before buying fish from the market in order to ensure freshness: firm meat, intact scales, clear eyes, pinkish red gills, and ocean-fresh scent. However, fish freshness evaluation may vary from one person to another. It is also a skill that's passed on from generation to generation. But what if this skill wasn't passed on ...

Coconut Mass Propagation Attained Through Somatic Embryogenesis

The first four stages of coconut tissue culture using CSet are (from top left) plumule excision, calloid initiation, calloid multiplication, and somatic embryo in its immature stage. (Photo from Dr. Cristeta A. Cueto Dr. Cristeta A. CuetoCenter Manager of the Albay Research Center of Philippine Coconut Authority , PCA Albay Research Center) Coconut is considered as the Philippi ...

Philippines' DIWATA Microsatellite Rising

January 13, 2016 marked a milestone in the country's bid to develop its space program with DIWATA, the first all-Filipino assembled microsatellite. DIWATA was turned over to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) to prepare its launch to space in April. With DIWATA, comes the Filipino dream to have its own Philippine Space Agency. Officials of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST ...

Biofloc Technology To Reduce Risk Of Diseases And Enhance Nutrition In Shrimp Farms

Biofloc in concrete tanks (Photo from the University of the Philippines Visayas) Farmed shrimps is an important foreign exchange earner. The Philippines is the 6th largest producer of shrimps with annual production of about 50,000 metric tons (mt). However, outbreak of diseases such as White Spot Syndrome Virus (WSSV), Hypodermic Haematopoetic Infectious Necrosis Virus (IHHNV), Taura Sy ...

Local Bio-fertilizer Sans Harmful Chemicals To Benefit Pinoy Farmers

Here's a piece of good news that Filipino farmers should be excited about. Soon, another "proudly-Pinoy" invention will help further increase the yields of their crops, thanks to a newly developed bio-fertilizer produced using natural components that can give more nourishment to various plants. An agriculturist-researcher is the brains behind this alternative farming provision. University o ...
S & T Trivia

" Dr. Jose B. Cruz used engineering and mathematics to devise the comparison sensitivity matrix for evaluating changes occurring in different components - from the parts of an ordinary flashlight to the automatic control and feedback of a Patriot missile. He graduated Summa cum Laude from the University of the Philippines. "

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