• 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

  

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New Scienists of the Philippine Scientific Career System Include 13 from UPLB 

 Written by  OVCRE Administrator Published in: UPLB in the News

 

  

 Thirteen research personnel from the University of the Philippines Los Baños were recently conferred the rank of Scientist by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Scientific Career System (SCS) last July 19 during ceremonies held at the Richmonde Hotel, Libis, Quezon City. The thirteen joins four more researchers from the UP System and three more productive researchers from the research institutes of the Department of Agriculture in a bumper crop of new scientists since the SCS was organized.

 

 The awarding of ranks was presided by no other than Hon. Francisco T. Duque III, Civil Service Commission Chair, and Hon. Mario G. Montejo, DOST Secretary. The awardees from UPLB included researchers from the College of Agriculture's Agricultural Systems Cluster, Crop Science Cluster, Crop Protection Cluster, and from the College of Forestry and Natural Resources - Forestry Development Center.

    

Sancho G. Bon, Scientist I, for Plant Genetic Resources Conservatiion and Management

 Discovered and collected nine new populations of the wild rice varieties, Oryza officianalis and six Oryza meyeriana, two of the four wild species known to occur sporadically in the country. Re-established the UP Los Baños - PhilRice Rice Germplasrn Collection through the UPLB-PhilRice collaborative project which now has a thousand accessions of native varieties and some introgressed breeding lines.

 

  Lolita M. Dolores, Scientist I, for Plant Pathology (Virology)

 

 Contributed significantly to the isolation and identification of two major strains of sweetpotato feathery mottle, sweetpotato chlorotic stunt virus, onion yellow dwarf virus on garlic, cucumber green mottle mosaic virus on bottlegourd, tomato leaf curl Philippine virus and squash leaf curl virus. Characterized 13 isolates of papaya ringspot virus and 14 isolates of cucurbit aphid-borne yellows virus. Optimized regeneration protocol for local sweet potato varieties and improved and standardized virus indexing protocol for producing sweet potato clean planting materials.

 

  Senen H. Escamos, Scientist I, for Agronomy

 

The principal breeder of two irrigated lowland and two TGMS-based two-line hybrid rice varieties approved by National Seed lndustry Council. She was instrumental to the granting of Plant Variety Protection certificates to the two TGMS-based hybrids and their parents. Also contributed to the development of one glutinous and three rainfed lowland rice varieties.

 

  Romeo V. Labios, Scientist I, for Crop Production and Physiology

Contributed significantly to research of rice- and corn-based farming systems to address food security and nutrition problems using on farm participatory adaptive research methodology. His recent research collaboration with national and international organizations resulted to the development of approaches and protocols of the Site Specific Nutrient Management (SSNM) for corn and Participatory Varietal Selection for stress-tolerant rice and white corn for the Philippines. These protocols are now used in all DA Regional Field Offices in the country.

 

 Merdelyn T. Caasi-Lit, Scientist I, for Host Plant Resistance Entomology and Plant Stress Physiology

 

Identified sources and determined the mechanisms of resistance of corn, eggplant, bamboo and other crops to insect pests. Investigated the responses of major pests and non-target arthropods to classical and transgenic resistant crop hybrids. Pioneered in documenting effects of UV-B irradiation on rice, including the discovery of novel UV-B absorbing flavonoids, elucidating kinetics of their accumulation in UV-B stressed rice plants and their consequent effects on selected insect pests.

 

 Rodel G. Maghirang, Scientist I, for Plant Breeding and Plant Pathology

 

Developed stop-gap and NSlC-approved vegetable varieties including bush sitao, cowpea, pole sitao, snap beans, garden pea, eggplant, alugbati, saluyot, okra, pigeon pea. Developed organic breeding system and varieties for vegetables such as ampalaya, cucumber, squash, eggplant, pepper, tomato, lettuce and pole sitao. Designed training modules and audiovisual materials and trained growers, groups and companies on vegetable production, organic agriculture and seed production.

 

  Eufrocinio D. Marfori, Scientist I, for Plant Tissue Culture

His pioneering studies on co-culturing plant callus and fungus to produce novel bioactive compounds led to the discovery of a new antibiotic called trichosetin. Studied the antimicrobial compounds of Lansium domesticum fruit peel and the alkaloids of Catharanthus roseus, and developed the cell culture technology to produce these compounds in vitro. Established the protocol for the tissue culture of Aloe barbadensis and Moringa oleifera for rapid clonal propagation.

 

  Rosario G. Monsalud, Scientist I, for Microbiology-Ecology and Systematics

 

 Contributed more than 1,000 bacteria, yeasts aad molds with enzyme, antimicrobial or phosphate-solubilizing properties to the Philippine National Collection of Microorganisms (PNCM) from her bioprospecting work in mangroves and agricultural soils. The PNCM which she leads has distributed more than 3,000 microbial cultures and performed various microbiological analyses for the academe and the industry.

 

  Marcela M. Navasero, Scientist l, for Entomology-Biological Control and Pest Biology

 

 Developed mass rearing techniques for pest thrips (Dichronothrips corbetti), mealy bugs (Dysmicoccus spp.), spider mites (Tetranychus truncatus and T. urticae), two phytoseiid predators (Neoseiulus calori and Proprioseiopsis lenis) and one predatory earwig (Chelisoches morio) now utilized in government and private institutions.

 

  

Mario V. Navasero, Scientist I, for Entomology-Insect Taxonomy, Biological Control, and Pest Management

 Developed crop protection technologies including  biological control agents that are used in the management of pests on various crops. Discovered and contributed to the local insect fauna two new genera and five new species of jumpline plant-lice.

  

 

 Cecilia B. Pascual, Scientist I, for Plant Disease Resistance and Molecular Plant Pathology

 Contributed to the elucidation of corn/sorghum resistance to Peronosclerospora philippinensis, Rhizoctonia solani, Pectobacteium chrysanthemi pv. zeae and Diplodia macrospora, Fumonisin-producing Fusarium verticillioides and on the pathogen's genetic diversity and to the development of rapid identification by molecular techniques.

   

Florencia B. Pulhin, Scientist II, for Climate Change and Environmental Forestry

Pioneered works on carbon stocks assessment of different land uses. Co-initiated geenhouse gas inventory for the forestry sector and the first integrated assessment of climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation in watershed areas. Developed, produced and translated IEC materials on climate change into five major dialects.

  

 

 Lolita DC. Valencia, Scientist I, for Plant Breeding and Plant Pathology

 

Contributed significantly to the development, improvement, mass propagation and release of NSIC-approved varieties of selected fruits like 'Red Princess' cashew, 'Mabini' jackfruit, 'Roja' and 'Amarillo' rambutan and gumamela or Hibiscus hybrids "Oblation Series" including Hibiscus rosa-sinesis, "Estrella F. Alabastro", Hibiscus rosa-sinesis "Emerlinda R. Roman," and Hibiscus rosa-sinesis "Nelia T. Gonzales". Determined the initial antifungal effects of extracted lemongrass oil as potential biocontrol agent against major fungal pathogens of gumamela.

  

The SCS was established within the Civil Service pursuant to Executive Order No. 784 on 17 March 1982 and formally organized on 19 July 1983 with the issuance of Executive Order No. 901. It is a system of recruitment, career progression, recognition and reward of scientists in the public service as a means of developing a pool of highly qualified and productive scientific personnel.

 

 

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