Eldrin De Los Reyes Arguelles, University Researcher I, has been chosen as UPLB's Outstanding Researcher in the Natural Sciences, Junior REPS Category for 2018
Ms. Adora M. de Castro, Lab Tech II, is UPLB's Outstanding Administrative Personnel, Technician Category for 2018
BIOTECH staff and officials celebrate the 2016 UPLB Loyalty Day in full force
Dr. Alcantara has contributed significantly to the implementation of a proactive approach to insect resistance management for transgenic maize in the Philippines.
Dr. Aggangan has contributed significantly to researches on mycorrhizal fungi as an alternative to chemical fertilizers for reforestation species; development and commercialization of MYKOVAM.
The BIOTECH Building, which was initially called the Ferdinand E. Marcos Center for Biotechnology and Applied Microbiology, is located inside the 77.7 hectare Agricultural and Life Sciences Complex at UP Los Baños
BIOTECH products are cost-effective and cheaper alternatives to conventional products, making use of locally available materials which are safer to the environment
Awarding of ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Services (QMS) to BIOTECH
Dr. Mercado was awarded as KKP-STI Distinguished Achievement Award in Extension



PNCM collaborates with Dutch Scientists on Biosecurity


Recognizing the importance of biosecurity practices, the Philippine National Collection of Microorganisms (PNCM) of BIOTECH UPLB is collaborating with experts from the Netherlands to strengthen its capabilities. Dr. Mark W.J van Passel (National Institute of Public Health and Environment), Dr. Arjan van Wuijckhuijese (Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research) and Ms. Tamara Neskovic (United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute or UNICRI) were at BIOTECH on 11 September 2015 to boost the Institute’s capabilities on biosafety and biosecurity. Their visit was part of UNICRI project 15 "Strengthening the laboratory bio-security and bio-safety through development of a laboratory iso-bank system for research facilities and hospitals".

 With the help of the Dutch experts, a database program was installed at the PNCM to track materials within the laboratory and its processes and movement of materials outside the laboratory. The program was designed for UNICRI as a biosecurity tool to help bioresource centers especially those with collections of potentially pathogenic microbes.

Dr. van Passel then gave a seminar to BIOTECH staff entitled “Biosafety and Biosecurity: Synergy and Conflict”. He talked about real life examples of cases when biosafety and biosecurity were not practiced to highlight their importance. Dr. van Passel then discussed the commonalities and differences of the two issues. He informally defined safety as “protection from non-intentional events” and security as “protection from intentional malicious actions”.

Dr. van Passel said that biosecurity and biosafety should be integrated systems to avoid hindering important emerging disease research and diagnostics. He also said that it is important to find the balance between necessity and overkill of biosafety and biosecurity measures with all decisions based on risk assessment. Lastly, he exhorted that scientists as well as management should increase their awareness of biosecurity so that potentially hazardous materials and microorganisms will not fall in the wrong hands.


National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (BIbiotech logoTECH)

University of the Philippines Los Baños

College, Laguna 403l, Philippines

Tel. Nos. 536-1620, 536-2721, 536-2725; Fax No. (049) 536-2721

Email: biotech.uplb@up.edu.ph, biotech@uplb.edu.ph

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