• Dr. Susana Mercado receives the Likha Award for 1st place in Outstanding Creative Research category during the 2012 National Invention Contest from DOST Usec Fortunato dela Peña, DOST-TAPI Director Edgar Garcia and IPO Director IV Ms. Carmen Peralta

  • Thirteen REPS from UPLB were recently conferred the title of "Scientist" by the DOST Scientific Career System last July 19.(Photo and article courtesy of OVCRE)

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 staff and officials celebrate the 2016 UPLB Loyalty Day in full force
BIOTECH products are cost-effective and cheaper alternatives to conventional products, making use of locally available materials which are safer to the environment
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.
Delegates from Edu-Connect for Life and For All (Edu- Connect Southeast Asia Association) of Kaohsiung City, Taiwan visited paid a visit to BIOTECH on August 29, 2017

  

BIOTECH News

BIOTECH joins int'l conference on biofertilzers and biopesticides

BIOTECH, represented by Deputy Director Dr. Marilyn B. Brown and Project leader Dr. Lilia M. Fernando, took part in the first International Conference on Biofertilizers and Biopesticides (ICBB) held on August 23-26 in Taichung, Republic of China. The event was organized by the Asian Productivity Organization (APO).

The four-day conference sought to provide a platform for leaders from different sectors in the region to present and discuss the latest scientific advances in biofertilizers and biopesticides (B&B) in agriculture as well as to formulate recommendations for the development of appropriate policy and regulatory environments.  

Participants include experts from USA, Republic of Korea, Japan, India, and the Republic of China;  45 participants from 13 APO  member economies and 75  local observers composed of government representatives, private sector, farmers’ organizations, NGOs, and academia, among others.

Among the various themes discussed in the conference include non-chemical plant nutrition and pest management in agriculture; R&D, production, and field-level application of B&B; regulatory, policy, and institutional settings for scaling up/commercialization of B&B; managing risks in applications of B&B in agriculture; and successful cases of B&B production and commercialization.

In their  paper  titled “Development and Usage of Biofertilizers and Biopesticides in the Philippines” it  was  acknowledged the meager consumer demand and  usage  of  biopesticides  in the  Philippines. According to her, the problem lies in part  with  the  regulatory  and administrative policies  constraining  the  registration  of BB products and    absence  of  well-defined  linkages  between  the  local government units and farmers.

“In  the  Philippines,  support  of  the  development  of  a  product  or  technology  ends with  the  product  development.  It is up to the researcher to  seek  grants  in order  to  conduct  further  research,  extensions  and  seminars  to  increase  the  public awareness regarding the availability, advantages and disadvantages in the usage of the product,” Dr. Brown explained.  

What this means is that most products tend to be manufactured in research institutions like BIOTECH, which in most cases lack the capacity for mass production. Due to this reason, BB  in general are not readily available in the market unlike synthetic pesticides.

Dr. Brown also emphasized that commercialization is a facet  that  needs  to  be addressed after  product  development. She recommended that research institutions be granted the benefit to create an establishment which would serve  as  the factory  or  mixing  plants  for  the  biopesticides to  allow for the maximum benefit for the research institution and farmers. In addition, trainings and  extension work  must  be  conducted  in  various  parts  of  the  country  so that  pesticide  users  are  well-informed  of  the  advantage  of  using  BB.  

The Institute is currently implementing  RD&E projects  which aims  to  enhance existing  B&B  inoculants,  develop new  but  superior  one and  promote  improved superior  B&B  technologies  to  increase  yield  and  reduce  the  chemical  fertilizer  used  of farmers.

 

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College, Laguna 403l, Philippines

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