• 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 inaugurates new Coconut Somatic Embryogenesis Technology Lab

The Institute formally inaugurated its new Coconut Somatic Embryogenesis Technology (CSet) Laboratory last August 21 through a house blessing and a luncheon to commemorate the event. The lab is one of seven Cset laboratories constructed to facilitate the production of mass cultivate hybrid coconut seedlings under PCAARRD-DOST's Coconut Industry Science and Technology Program. The five-year project is headed by Dr. Severina B. Exconde of the Agriculture and Forestry Program with Dr. Eufrocinio C. Marfori of the Natural Products Program as study leader. 

The program focuses on the rapid production of quality planting materials of high yielding coconut varieties, management control strategies against insect pests and diseases, improved breeding techniques and the production of high value products. CSet is an alternative technique for mass propagation of coconut recently adopted by the Philippine Coconut Authority to reinvigorate the industry. It involves the use of immature flowers, embryos and plumule.

Regarded as a tool for the rapid mass propagation of superior genetic stocks, CSet is being tested and evaluated by researchers from UP and other state colleges and universities from Visayas and Mindanao, the CSet technology is currently being enhanced to attain as much as 1,000 seedlings per plumule from high-yielding tall and dwarf coconut varieties. Researchers found the plumule to be more responsive to in vitro manipulation for the micropropagation of coconut than immature flowers and leaves.

Started in 2014 with a budget of P215 million, the CSet program is projected to produce three million plantlets a year, according to DOST-PCAARRD. (MJC de Roma)

CSet lab


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