• 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

 

Dr.Alcantara named as UPLB's Outstanding Researcher for 2017

Dr. Edwin P. Alcantara, UP Scientist I and Program Leader of BIOTECH’S Biotechnology for Natural Products Program, was named as UPLB’s Outstanding Researcher under the Natural Sciences, Senior REPS category for 2017. He was recognized for his significant contributions in the implementation of a proactive approach to insect resistance management for transgenic maize in the Philippines.

Dr. Alcantara has studied how the insecticidal protein of Bacillus Thuringiensis (Bt) disrupts the digestive process of corn’s insect pest and because of this he was able to contribute to the development of Bt corn. His research about the biochemical and molecular characteristics of Asian corn borer were instrumental in current insect resistant management of said pests. While his USAID-funded project also quashed misconceptions that direct exposure to Bt corn could harm beneficial insects. He also proved how BT crystal proteins could target the digestive system of pests that feed on rice. He was instrumental in instituting the Natural Products Program of BIOTECH. This Program has been using computer technologies to discover insecticides that would help maintain the integrity of crops.

Dr. Alcantara earned his PhD and MS in Entomology from the Ohio State University in 1997 and UPLB in 1990, respectively.

 

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