• 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

BIOTECHNOLOGY GOES TO CONGRESS  in PHL

By LEONY GARCIA (Business Mirror,  January 26, 2013)

 

congressThe Philippines can gain a lot from the advancement of biotechnology researches. Biotechnology in agriculture is a promising and a highly potential instrument in increasing productivity and in securing sufficiency in food.

For instance, a hectare of land has the potential to produce 15 tons, more than the usual 5 tons of palay per cropping season with biotechnology.

 The developments in biotechnology in the Philippines were discussed when the offices of Rep. Angelo Palmones of Agham Party-list and Rep. Agapito Guanlao of Butil Party-list, the house committees on Science and Technology, Agriculture and Food, and the Special Committee

 

on Food Security teamed up with government research and development institutions, science agencies, and biotech organizations for an exhibit and seminars for policy-makers and media practitioners in the House of Representatives from January 21 to 24.

With the theme “Pinoy Biotech Products: Contributing to Sustainable Agriculture, Improved Health and Better Environment,” the activity aimed to update and inform the policy-makers and House media on biotechnology R&D efforts and products in the country and their intended benefits and potentials.

 The biotech seminar and exhibit featured the developments in Philippine biotechnology, including the country’s successful decade-long adoption of biotech corn, the functional biosafety regulatory system, and the various advancements in biotech in local agriculture, health and the environment.

Among the resource speakers were biotech experts, including academician Dr. Evelyn Mae Mendoza of the National Academy of Science and Technology on “Biotechnology: Role and Opportunities for Philippine Development”; Director Dr. Reynaldo Ebora of the University of the Philippines Los Baños-Biotech on “Biotechnology: Role and Opportunities for Philippine Development”; and Dean Dr. Nina Gloriani of UP Manila’s College of Public Health on “Ensuring Food Safety of Biotech Crops.”

Successful farmer Rosalie Ellasus from Pangasinan also shared her experiences in farming corn-borer-resistant Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) corn.

Biotechnology has been defined as any technological application that makes use of organisms or parts thereof to make or modify products; improve and develop microorganisms, plants or animals; or develop organisms for specific purposes in a more precise manner.

Palmones said biotechnology gives out a lot of benefits by having good quality produce at a sufficient quantity. Biotechnology is a part of Agham Party-list’s advocacies and Palmones has filed the proposed Biotechnology Act of 2010 (House Bill 844), or An Act Promoting the Growth of Biotechnology Industry in the Philippines and the Creation of Wealth from Biodiversity.

With the bright prospect of food sufficiency and economic gain for the country, Guanlao poses the challenge of further educating the direct beneficiaries of biotechnology, the farmers.

“Are small farmers and fisherfolks and others in the agricultural production sector ready for biotechnology? Do they know its advantages and disadvantages? Are they ready for this?” he asked.

“At the end of the day, they should decide for themselves regarding this technology. And it is our duty, we in the government and in the media, to keep them informed and support them. Farmers’ security means food security for the country,” Guanlao said.

 In the Philippines promising biotech researches are being conducted by public research and development agencies and organizations, particularly in the field of agriculture.

These biotech products include the insect-resistant Bt eggplant and the delayed ripening and virus resistant papaya, and the insect resistant cotton.

The Filipino farmers have been planting Bt corn since 2003. The insect-resistant and herbicide-tolerant biotech corn has helped Filipino farmers increase their yield and income because of decreased insect damage to the harvests and lesser insecticide costs.

International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Application (ISAAA) said in its 2012 report that the Philippines has a 20-percent increase in hectarage of biotech corn, planting more than 600,000 hectares as of 2011. The Philippines is the only country in Asia which plants biotech maize. ISAAA said there was a 94-fold increase from 1.7 million hectares planted to biotech crops in 1996 to 160 million hectares in 2011, which “makes biotech crops the fastest adopted crop technology in recent history.”

 ISAAA added that of the 29 countries planting biotech crops in 2011, 19 were developing and 10 were industrial countries. In 2011, a record 16.7 million farmers, up 1.3 million or 8 percent from 2010, grew biotech crops—notably over 90 percent, or 15 million, were small resource-poor farmers in developing countries.

 

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In Photo: Cutting the ribbon at the opening of the biotech exhibit are Reps. Jules Ledesma of Negros Occidental, Angelo Palmones of Agham Party-list and Agapito Guanlao of Butil Party-list, and Director Dr. Reynaldo Ebora of the University of the Philippines Los Baños-Biotech. (Sophie Mercado/Searca-BIC)

 

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