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



BIOTECH products bag awards at Japan alumni conference


Two innovative BIOTECH products won awards and certificates at the 22nd Conference of the ASEAN Council of Japan Alumni (ASCOJA) held on Sept. 30–Oct. 2 at the E-City Hotel@One City in Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.The agricultural product innovations presented by two Japan-trained BIOTECH researchers, Dr. Mannix S. Pedro and Dr. Marilyn B. Brown, "Bioorganic Fertilizers: Working with Microbes for Agricultural Production Sufficiency" and "Increasing Crop Productivity with Vesicular Asbuscular Mycorrhizal Root Inoculant (VAMRI)" won the ASCOJA invention award gold and silver medals, respectively.

 VAMRI serves as biofertilizer and biocontrol agent of soil-borne diseases of various crops. Consisting of chopped dried corn roots, this inoculant contains helper fungi that assist the roots in taking up water and nutrients such as phosphorus and zinc. With the application of VAMRI, the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides will be largely reduced, leading to substantial savings on the use of chemical fertilizer while increasing crop yield.

Bioorganic fertilizers, on the other hand, refer to inoculated compost derived from BIOTECH’s composting technology which offers an efficient bioconversion of agro-industrial wastes into useful products. The process involves the use of Bioquick, a fungal inocula, which is used to convert organic wastes effectively into organic fertilizers. This is then added with Biofix (a nitrogen fixing bacteria) to serve as a quality organic fertilizer product called Biogreen, which refers to the processed inoculated compost.

The ASCOJA conference, themed "ASEAN-Japan: Bridging Cultural Ties in Trade, Tourism and Technology" was attended by 400 registered delegates from the eleven ASCOJA chapter-members including 44 participants representing the Philippine Federation of Japan Alumni (PHILFEJA) led by its president, Dr. Jose V. Camacho, Jr., dean of the UPLB Graduate School.  In 2015, the conference was successfully hosted by PHILJEJA in Manila.

ASCOJA is comprised by major alumni organizations in all the 10 ASEAN countries of former graduates, scholars, students, and trainees of Japanese universities, schools and training institutions. It is one of the major conduits for scholarships and exchange programs between Japan and ASEAN.

The Philippine Federation of Japan Alumni (PHILFEJA) is a founding member association of ASCOJA.


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