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November 1-30, 2017 Official Publication of the UPLB College of Agriculture and Food Science Volume 6 No. 11

Patent for invention awarded to IPB/ICropS

T he invention “Papaya ACC oxidase gene and its use” was
granted a Patent Protection by the Intellectual Property
Office of the Philippines. This technology was generated by a NCPC co-sponsors
team of IPB/ICropS faculty-researchers led by Dr. Pablito M. Mag-
dalita; with Dr. Antonio C. Laurena, Renelle C. Yebron, and Ma. 4th NBPH forum
Teresa M. Perez as co-researchers.
What are ACC oxidase gene and the invention all about?
ACC (Aminocyclopropane-1-Carboxylic Acid) oxidase gene is a
T he National Crop Protection Cluster (NCPC),
together with the Bayer Philippines and the Phil-
ippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), brought togeth-
precursor of the plant hormone called ethylene which regulates er brown planthopper scientists, plant breeders, decision
fruit ripening. The gene was isolated from the papaya fruit, cloned makers, media practitioners and farmers for the National
in a vector or carrier, and placed in antisense orientation or re- Brown Plant Hopper (NBPH) forum titled “A Closer
verse order to reduce the amount of ethylene produced which, Look at Brown Planthopper” held last November 14 in
when used to develop transgenic papaya, will delay the ripening
Los Baños, Laguna.
process; thus, extending the shelf-life of the papaya fruit.
Approximately 100 rice stakeholders in Laguna gath-
The move to patent this invention was initiated by the UPLB ered to get updates on the extent of BPH damage, cur-
Center for Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship (CTTE) rent control measures available and latest host resistance
and approved by the Philippine Patent Office on November 2015. technology against BPH. The NBPH Scientific Forum has
This invention was also given recognition by the CTTE during its been a venue for discussion and future collaboration
10th year anniversary last October 17-18. The patent is applicable among rice stakeholders, recognizing that they all play
for 20 years, starting from the date of its filing in 2008. (Laureano important roles in uplifting the lives of the Filipino rice
B. Lanosia, Jr./Pablito M. Magdalita) farmers.
The plenary session was held at the SEARCA Audito-
2 new UPLB rice varieties rium. Among the speakers during the forum were: Dr.
Sailila E. Abdulah, acting executive director of the Phil-
for irrigated lowland Rice; Dr. Recher Ondap, head of Seeds, PH from Bayer,
Philippines; Dr. Buyung A.R. Hadi, Scientist II and ento-
mologist from the International Rice Research Institute;
T wo promising rice lines (C9301-B-2-1-2-2 and C9222-B-
2-2-1-2), developed by the UPLB College of Agriculture
and Food Science (CAFS) Rice Varietal Improvement Team, were
Wilma Cuaterno, chief, Crop Pest Management Division
of the Bureau of Plant Industry and Dr. Genaro S. Rillon,
chief science research specialist and head of the Crop
recently recommended for seed increase and release as new in- Protection Division of the PhilRice, City of Munoz, Nueva
bred rice varieties for irrigated lowland by the Rice Technical
Working Group of the National Seed Industry Council (NSIC) last
November 29. Dr. Gil Magsino, NCPC director, distributed certifi-
cates of appreciation after the forum while Deputy Direc-
C9301-B-2-1-2-2 is recommended for the Visayas region for tor and Scientist Mario Navasero closed the forum after a
transplanted method. It has a mean yield of 5.76 t/ha across dry half day field trip and demonstration at Calauan, Laguna
and wet seasons. Likewise, it has intermediate reaction to hop-
seed stations of Bayer, Philippines.
pers and resistance to white and yellow stem borers. On the oth-
er hand, C9222-B-2-2-1-2, which is recommended for the Visayas Dr. Bonifacio Cayabyab, Dr. Pablito Gonzales and
and Mindanao areas, yields an average of 5.7 t/ha across dry and Melvin Ebuenga (NCPC entomologists and division heads)
wet seasons. It has intermediate reaction to blast, stem borers, were also present during the event. Other NCPC staff
green leafhoppers and brown plant hoppers. Both lines have good who attended the forum were Michelle Guerrero, one of
eating quality, and are described to be cohesive and tender when the emcees and moderators, Maureen Ceres de Roxas,
cooked. and Ruby dela Cruz who documented the event with
Mary Joy Mendoza, Gideon Aries Burgonio and Karen
These promising lines will have its NSIC-designated variety Ardez. (Ruby G. dela Cruz, with excerpts from NBPH souve-
name in 2018. (Ann Mylalulex A. Magnaye) nir program)
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NCPC & CAFS DTRI turns 55

Publications Section
join Organic Agriculture
L ast November 1, the Dairy Training
and Research Institute (DTRI) turned
55 years old. Then, last November 8-9, DTRI
celebrated its anniversary with the theme,
& Agri-Fishery Congress “Revitalizing DTRI research and extension functions
for a vibrant local dairy industry”.

T he NCPC and the CAFS Publications Section participated in

the 4th Laguna Organic Agriculture and 1st Agri-Fishery Con-
gress” held last Nov. 13-17 at the provincial capitol grounds in Sta. Cruz,
In 2004, DTRI was clustered to the Institute
of Animal Science (IAS), forming the Animal and
Dairy Sciences Cluster upon the re-organization
Laguna. of the College of Agriculture (CA). CA was
later re-structured in February 2017 into the
Some posters and publications on crop protection were displayed
College of Agriculture and Food Science that
by the NCPC while the Publications Section conducted book sales. aims to address the value chain from primary
The five-day event was sponsored by the provincial government of production in the farms to food on the table,
Laguna, through the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist; featuring trade composed of nine institutes and centers that
fair and exhibits, technology fora/updates, and interactive activities like included DTRI.
corn husk handicrafts and painting contests, mass-graduation of Farmer
The first day of celebration comprised
Field School graduates, fishery convention and fun run. (RG dela Cruz) DTRI staff team building exercises and a UPLB
research forum for possible research and exten-
NCPC & CAFS sion collaborations between DTRI and other
UPLB units . The team building activity at the
Publications Section DTRI Grounds started with a flag raising cere-
mony with Dean Enrico P. Supangco and IAS

participate in Director Elpidio M. Agbisit, Jr. as guests, fol-

lowed by a thanksgiving mass, team building
games and a boodle-fight lunch. The forum at
NBW techno exhibit the IAS Lecture Hall was attended by research
and extension coordinators from the Agricultur-

T he NCPC and the CAFS Publications Section conducted exhibit al Systems Institute, the Institute of Human Nu-
and book sale during the 13th National Biotechnology Week trition and Food-College of Human Ecology, the
(NBW) celebration held at the Expo Hall, Fisher Mall, Quezon City last College of Public Affairs, the College of Veteri-
nary Medicine and the Department of Agribusi-
November 20-24.
ness Management and Entrepreneurship-College
Participating agencies showcased current biotechnology initiatives of Economics and Management; together with
and homegrown technologies. There were interactive booth games that representatives from the Nutrition and Animal
made the event more exciting and created more opportunities to en- Healthcare Company, a dairy farmer, research
gage with guests. affiliates from IAS and DTRI staff.
The week-long NBW activities had the theme, “Bioteknolohiya para On the second day, a dairy stakeholders’
sa Kalikasan, Kalusugan, Kagandahan, Kabuhayan at Kaunlaran” with ta- consultation was conducted to review DTRI’s
gline “Lamang ang Masa at Magsasaka sa Limang “K” ng Bioteknolohiya”. contributions to the local dairy industry and to
The celebration marks the sustained efforts of concerned national gov- present DTRI’s current thrusts and on-going
ernment agencies to consolidate yearly advances in biotechnology as research and extension (R & E) involvements in
well as to plan and prepare concrete efforts to sustain the gains and relation to the new developments in the indus-
improve more lives. (RG dela Cruz) try. It also served as a venue where the stake-
holders shared their experiences, problems and
suggestions in the different aspects of dairying in
The College of Agriculture Monthly Newsletter
relation to R & E activities. The funding institu-
is published through the Office of the Dean, tions shared information on how to avail of
College of Agriculture and Food Science, funds for R & E while the service providers dis-
UPLB, College, Laguna cussed how they can assist the farmers and oth-
Advisers: Dean Enrico P. Supangco er stakeholders. It was attended by dairy farm-
Associate Deans Tonette P. Laude & Jocelyn D. Labios ers, owners of dairy multiplier farms, represent-
atives of funding institutions (Bureau of Agricul-
Editor/Layout Artist: Apolinario L. Lantican tural Research , PCAARRD, Department of Sci-
Contributors: Erlinda A. Balot, Ruby G. dela Cruz, Myrna S. Galang, ence and Technology-Region IV-A), officers and
Imelda M. Gesmundo, Laureano B. Lanosia, Jr., Pablito M. Magdalita, staff of the National Dairy Authority and the
Ann Mylalulex A. Magnaye and Matilde V. Maunahan Philippine Carabao Center-UPLB, faculty and
staff of IAS and DTRI, and other private groups
Circulation Officer: Venecia B. Batain
and individuals. (Myrna S. Galang)
CAFS Monthly Newsletter Page 3


South Cotabato  Dr. Desiree M. Hautea, professor, Institute of Plant Breeding
growers of (IPB); participated in the Asian Regional Meeting of the Parties to
the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (Cop Mop) 2017; Kuala
export `Bungulan’ 
Lumpur, Malaysia; November 5-8
Dr. Filma C. Calalo, assistant professor, Agricultural Systems

Institute; served as visiting lecturer for the Post Graduate and
he Postharvest Horticulture Training and
Undergraduate Programs of Gadja Mada University; Yogyakarta,
Research Center (PHTRC), in coopera-
tion with the Alter Trade Philippines, Inc. (ATPI) Indonesia; November 7-11
and the Tupi Banana Growers Association  Dr. Enrico P. Supangco, dean and professor, College of Agri-
(TUBAGA) Producers Cooperative, conducted a culture and Food Science and Institute of Animal Science, respec-
training on “Increasing the Marketability of tively; attended the Asia-Pacific Symposium on Sustainable Food
`Bungulan’ Banana through Postharvest Systems Systems for Healthy Diets and Improved Nutrition in Bangkok,
Improvement” last November 15 at Tupi, South Thailand; November 9-12
Cotabato.  Arlan James D. Rodeo, assistant professor, Institute of Crop
Forty farmers, harvesters, packinghouse Science (ICropS); attended the Asia-Pacific Symposium on Sus-
workers and officials of the cooperative actively tainable Food Systems for Healthy Diets and Improved Nutrition;
participated in the seminar which was aimed to Bangkok, Thailand; November 9-12
teach the basic concepts of properly handling ba-  Dr. Lavernee S. Gueco, university researcher, IPB; participated
nanas after harvest, and how to apply these in in the MusaNet Regional Workshop on Musa Characterization
actual postharvest operations for the export mar- and Documentation; Malaysian Agricultural Research and Devel-
ket. opment Institute, Jerangu Station, Terengganu, Malaysia; Novem-
The project team, led by Dr. Perlita A. Nue- ber 11-19
vo, also reported the results of earlier field visits  Dr. Susan C. Aquino-Ong, associate professor, ICropS; pre-
and documentation of postharvest practices and sented a paper titled, “Balancing Cultural Landscapes and Urbani-
losses from the farm to the packing house, and the zation in the Philippines: Challenging National Identity and Sus-
need for continuing education of handlers along tainable Future”; South Korea; November 16-21
the value chain by way of training and production
 Dr. Gina V. Pangga, associate professor, ASI; participated in
of information materials. the China-Asian Workshop on Biochar Production and Applica-
In February this year, officials of the TUBAGA tion for Green Agriculture; Nanjing, China; November 16-22
cooperative requested a training to help minimize  Bong M. Salazar, assistant professor, ICropS; presented a pa-
packing house rejects and increase the marketable per titled, “Profiling and analysis of reproductive phenology of
supply of `Bungulan’ bananas for export. This is four coffee (Coffea spp.) species in the Philippines using the
imperative since ATPI, the company exporting BBCH- scale” at the International Tropical Agriculture Confer-
organically grown banana, now needs more quality
ence; Brisbane, Australia; November16-26
fruits for shipment not only to Japan but also to
South Korea.
 Aida B. Lanaca, laboratory technician, Dairy Training and Re-
search Institute; participated in the refresher course titled,
The training is part of an ongoing collabora- “Entrepreneurship and Role of Women in Dairy Value Chains”;
tive research project titled “Application of im- Pakistan; November 18- December 2
proved postharvest handling techniques of banana
grown by farmers in the Philippines” which is
 Dr. Elmer C. Enicola, university researcher, IPB; met with
scientists and explored possible areas of collaboration on the best
funded by the Republic of Korea through the
practices on soybean production, postharvest and processing;
Rural Development Administration-Asian Food
and Agriculture Cooperation Initiative. (Matilde V. Indonesia; November 20-25
Maunahan)  Michelle S. Guerrero, university researcher, National Crop
Protection Center; attended the 4th Global Science Conference
for Climate Smart Agriculture; Johannesburg, South Africa; No-
FEEDBACK vember 25-December 5
For comments/suggestions,  Dr. Susan T. Bacud, university researcher, Institute of Weed
just e- mail: Science, Entomology and Plant Pathology; presented a paper ti-
tled, “Integration of indigenous and scientific knowledge in disas-
apolinariolantican@yahoo.com ter risk reduction: Building the livelihood resilience of a marginal-
Editor, CAFS Monthly Newsletter ized sampaguita growing community in the Philippines” at the
AgriBookstore, IH Complex, International Conference on Building Resilience Using Scientific
UPLB Campus, College, Laguna
Knowledge to Inform Policy and Practice in Disaster Risk Reduc-
We encourage every CAFS constituent to tion; Bangkok, Thailand; November 27-29
submit articles about CAFS activities, person-
nel news and other significant events. *Prepared by Imelda M. Gesmundo and Erlinda A. Balot