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Official Research, Development, and Extension News Vol.2 No.

of the University of the Philippines Los Baños May - December 2016
Visit the UPLB RDE Portal at

Researchers receive OVCRE launches
new website
OVCRE Publication Grant by Maria Rowena Beatriz Q. Inzon
by Lawrence N. Garcia

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for
Research and Extension (OVCRE)
launched its new and improved RDE
Portal last 8 August 2016.

The website’s main feature is its
responsive design which adapts to the
device being used by the visitor. Because
of this, visitors can now easily browse
the RDE Portal on their tablets and
mobile phones. It also features a gallery
of photos and videos from various RDE
events as well as a modern interface for
quick and easy navigation between pages.

The new RDE Portal, designed and
developed in-house by the Information
Management and Technology Utilization
The participants of the fourth batch of the Scientific Paper Writing Workshop Series were from the various programs under the Institute of Plant Breeding
(IPB). The resource persons included Dr. Evelyn Mae Tecson-Mendoza, Dr. Dolores A. Ramirez, and Dr. Liwayway M. Engle. The Publication Grant Section (IMTUS) of OVCRE, gives
Program prioritizes graduates of the SPWWS and recipients of the Basic Research Program. (Photo by RC Ongkiko) visitors more written and visual content
with fewer clicks.
The Office of the Vice Chancellor for by providing editorial and monetary This 2017, four Web of Science (WoS)-
Research and Extension (OVCRE) assistance to staff with quality but indexed journals are accepting papers The website’s content has also been
begins its search for unpublished research unpublished research. from UPLB authors. The Philippine expanded and now includes timeless
results which will benefit from the Agricultural Scientist (PAS), Philippine feature stories to compliment the news
OVCRE Publication Grant Program Funded by the Department of Journal of Crop Science (PJCS), articles regularly posted to the website.
(Pub Grant). Agriculture-Bureau of Agricultural Journal of Environmental Science and
Research, the program is open to all Management (JESAM), and the Journal Apart from the new design, the security
Fifteen journal articles authored by faculty, REPS, and administrative of ISSAAS have been asked to refer page features of the new RDE Portal have
UPLB researchers are now in various staff with unpublished research results charges through the PubGrant upon also been improved to safeguard all
stages of the Pub Grant Program. from completed projects; as well as acceptance of the articles. information and prevent the risk of
unpublished thesis and dissertations. The hacking.
Aimed at propelling UPLB’s status as PubGrant covers writing and editorial The OVCRE is continuously accepting
a research university, the PubGrant services, journal matching service, and papers. More information on the grant is After the successful launch of the new
aims to increase UPLB’s publications Publication Fee Assistance. available from the UPLB RDE Portal at RDE Portal, IMTUS, through the ■ OVCRE Information Officers’ Network,
is on the drawing board to collaborate

UPLB and Go Negosyo partner to promote in improving the websites of OVCRE-
supervised units such as BIOTECH, the

entrepreneurship and innovations in
Office of Initiative for Culture and the
Arts (OICA), the Center for Technology
Transfer and Entrepreneurship (CTTE),
agriculture and agribusiness and the UPLB Gender Center. ■
by Daniel Dave J. Batayo

The UPLB Center for Technology
Transfer and Entrepreneurship (CTTE), UPLB to hold
in partnership with Go Negosyo, the
advocacy of the Philippine Center for
national summit
Entrepreneurship (PCE), organized on agricultural
the Mentor Me Innovation Forum on
Agriculture (MMIFA) last 1 September
2016 at the D.L. Umali Hall, University transformation
of the Philippines Los Baños. The
by Maria Rowena Beatriz Q. Inzon
auditorium was at full capacity with
more than 800 guests composed of The call to achieve rapid agricultural
entrepreneurs, researchers, government development has never been more
representatives, farmer organizations and urgent. For the University of the
cooperatives, youth organizations and Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), the
students from various schools. structural transformation of Philippine
agriculture is the way forward to address
The MMIFA was organized to reinforce the lingering problems of poverty, food
The DL Umali Hall was filled with more than 800 guests from different sectors. Agri-entrepreneurs and
the entrepreneurial spirit of the Filipino insecurity, and non-inclusive growth.
businessmen were also there to discuss tips and insights. (Photo by LN Garcia)
through the presentation of different
opportunities in the vast agriculture Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez Jr. to have a positive attitude towards Broadly, agricultural transformation
sector. The event featured different welcomed the guests and gave the agriculture during his opening message. means enhancing farm and primary
topics on agri-entrepreneurship and opening remarks. He recognized the need productivity; transforming farms into
agri-innovations in the forms of keynote to bridge the gap between academe and The keynote address, delivered by the viable agribusiness operations; and
addresses, plenary fora and lectures, industry to drive sustainable agriculture Ambassador of Israel to the Philippines promoting farm, product, and market
and exhibits of UPLB’s agricultural and entrepreneurship in the country. Effie Ben Matityau, highlighted various diversification.
technologies. Experts in the field programs of the Israeli Embassy that
of agribusiness and successful agri- Go Negosyo founder and recently- are geared toward helping Filipino Through an Administrative Order,
entrepreneurs were tapped as resource appointed presidential consultant on entrepreneurs. the Office of the Chancellor created a
persons. entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion committee composed of UPLB experts
challenged and encouraged the youth PAGE 4 ► PAGE 3 ►
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UPLB celebrates gender pride BIOTECH obtains two
by Sairah Mae R. Saipudin
registered trademarks
by Pamela Raye M. Tadeo

On 19 May 2016, the National Institute can also be applied to the broilers’
of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology standard feed.
(BIOTECH) was granted certificates of
registration for the trademarks of two Probiotics for Swine and Poultry
of its products – the PECM® (Protein
Enriched Copra Meal) and PWS® The PWS® is a live microbial feed
(Probiotics for Swine and Poultry). The supplement developed to solve
certification was given by the Intellectual production and environmental problems
Property Office of the Philippines in the livestock industry. These probiotic
(IPOPHIL). products improve sustainability and
increase growth performance in swine
Students, faculty, and staff come together during the Pride March. (Photo by SR Saipudin) The trademarks have been used by the and poultry, eliminating the need for
Institute for almost two years now. These antibiotic use. It is also safe for the
The University of the Philippine Los It also signified UPLB’s openness to the were used to identify feed products being environment.
Baños (UPLB) once again took part mainstreaming of gender issues. manufactured at the Feeds and Specialty
in the joyous celebration of pride and Products Laboratory spearheaded by Product Trademarks
gender expression during the Southern Additionally, UPLB Gender Center University Researcher IV Dr. Laura J.
Tagalog Pride March last 20 October and the UPLB College of Development Pham of the Biotechnology for Food, The PECM® logo is that of a green
2016 inside the campus of UPLB. Communication Student Council Feeds, and Specialty Products Program at and yellow shield bearing dark brown
held a forum on Sexual Orientation, BIOTECH. shadows of a chicken, a chick, and a
The march was spearheaded by student Gender Identity and Expression, Sexual pig. Underneath the figures are the
advocacy group UPLB Babaylan in Harassment and Gender Sensitivity Protein Enriched Copra Meal red letters “PECM®” with the “Protein
partnership with the UPLB Gender last October 17 with speakers from the Enriched Copra Meal” spelled right
Center and several college student National Youth Commission, and the The PECM® is a feed mix with high below it. Meanwhile, the PWS® logo
councils. This year’s gathering was a UPLB Gender Center’s Office of Anti- digestibility and nutrient quality which shows the white shadow of a chicken
show of courage amidst discrimination. Sexual Harassment. ■ can be used as a source of quality protein and red shadow of a pig enclosed
that can partially substitute imported in a circle. In between these figures
soybean meal in swine and poultry feeds. is the trade name in yellow: “PWS®
Three CVM students receive 2016 Merck Probiotics for Swine and Poultry.” The
The product can substitute up to 30% UPLB Center for Technology Transfer
Animal Health Veterinary of the crude protein contribution of and Entrepreneurship (CTTE) under
Student Scholarship soybean meal in the commercial swine
diet. Higher values of substitution (60%
the Office of the Vice Chancellor for
Research and Extension facilitated the
by Junelle L. Paller and 80% of crude protein contribution) registration of the two trademarks. ■

UPLB advocates use of
Gender Fair Language
by Joanne Rose Belle O. Vale

Last 13 September 2016 the Office of The Office of the Vice Chancellor for
the Chancellor issued a memorandum Research and Extension (OVCRE) led by
reiterating the order of the Civil Service Vice Chancellor Rex B. Demafelis took
From left to right: Ros Jezreel Dumaraos, Maria Patricia Gungon and Anna Angelica Manalo
(Photo by FP Micosa)
Commission for all government offices to advantage of the first seminar held last
use of non-sexist language in all official 6 October 2016 at the OVCRE Annex
Three students from the College of Based on the website of AVMF, both documents, communications and other Building in UPLB, College, Laguna.
Veterinary Medicine, namely, Ros Jezreel Merck and AVMF recognize the value issuances.
Dumaraos, Maria Patricia Gungon, of investing in the education of future In his inspirational message, Vice
and Anna Angelica Manalo, have been veterinarians who will impact and benefit A series of orientations on Gender Chancellor Demafelis emphasized the
named as beneficiaries of the 2016 the lives of animals and people they will Fair Language was then organized by importance of the event and encouraged
Merck Animal Health Veterinary Student encounter. the UPLB Gender Center as part of the staff to be gender sensitive. Atty.
Scholarship Program (VSSP). its efforts to continuously mainstream Kristine Jazz Tamayo and Ms. Marcy
The Merck Animal Health VSSP gender and gender issues in the Ledesma from Rainbow Rights
Merck Animal Health, and its partner, provides an avenue for the foundation university. Philippines facilitated the event attended
the American Veterinary Medical to help offset the financial burdens of by the OVCRE staff.
Foundation (AVMF), annually grants veterinary medicine students. The series aimed to orient UPLB staff on
scholarships (US$ 5000) to 34 exemplary the importance of non-sexist language The seminar-orientation started with a
second and third year veterinary Those interested in the program can to promote gender sensitivity. Likewise, “human bingo” activity. The participants
students from all over the world who are check the AVMF website (http://www. it aimed to teach UPLB staff how to were each given a sheet of paper with
pursuing careers in either large animal or properly use non-sexist language in all a corresponding trait or description
companion animal medicine. health/) for details on the 2017-2018 communications and issuances of the
program. ■ University. PAGE 3 ►
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UPLB surveys Laguna farmers for


UPLB advocates...
future technical assistance on each block. The aim was to find a
by Marlyn M. Beltran, Ailene M. Florece, and Myrna S. Galang person who corresponds to a particular
description and fill all the blocks with
signatures. In this activity, it was evident
The UPLB Office of the Vice Chancellor that descriptions related to the lesbian,
for Research and Extension (OVCRE), gay, bisexual, and transexual (LGBT)
together with the UPLB College of movement were the hardest to fill in.
Agriculture (CA), consulted with eleven
farmer leaders of different barangays of Atty. Tamayo processed the activity
Calauan, Laguna on 28 October 2016. results and then gave a brief discussion
The consultation was the latest in a on sexual orientation gender identity
series of assessment activities conducted and expression (SOGIE). Gender
since 2015 to identify the technical and fair language was discussed next as it
extension service needs of the different refers to the Civil Service Commission
municipalities in Laguna. Memorandum Circular No. 12 Series of
2005. Atty. Tamayo also provided a guide
Aside from visiting Calauan, the group on how to use non-sexist language in
also interviewed farmers in Calamba City transgender coverage and reporting.
and Lumban, Laguna.
The seminar was followed by another
Calauan, which is a 15-minute activity held on 18 October 2016 for
drive from UPLB, is a second class BIOTECH staff as requested by its
municipality with about 74% of its land Director Dr. Rosario T. Monsalud.
area devoted to agriculture. The town is Finally, another seminar was organized
famous for its pineapple which is also for the staff of the offices of the
the town’s featured OTOP (One-Town, vice chancellors and their respective
One-Product). supervised units last 14 November 2016.

Calamba City, meanwhile, has lands Representatives from the Office of
devoted to vegetable production. the Vice Chancellor for Community
Calambeño farmers usually grow Affairs (OVCCA), Office of the Vice
eggplant, ampalaya, tomato, petchay, Chancellor for Academic Affairs
upo, patola and others which are brought (OVCAA), Office of the Vice Chancellor
to Metro Manila. for Administration (OVCA) and Office
Top Photo: OVCRE staff interview farmer leaders to understand their concerns in agriculture and what of the Vice Chancellor for Planning and
Lumban, around 34 kilometers from the services they would like receive. Bottom Photo: Dr. Susan May F. Calumpang, Assistant to the Vice
Development (OVCPD) attended the
Chancellor for Research and Extension, asks the grower about his pesticide usage for ampalaya.
university, is famous for its embroidery event at the Multipurpose Hall of the
(Photos by MS Galang and MM Beltran)
crafts and traditional textiles such as piña Graduate School.
cloth. But only a few are aware that some programs for the youth, elderly, and technical advice on agriculture and
areas of the town produce vegetables women. related disciplines to various clients and The UPLB Gender Center will
such as squash, ampalaya, cucumber, and groups who visit the university, but also continue its advocacy and campaign
watermelon for commercial markets. The group also learned of the farmers’ by engaging into collaborative work with activities in 2017 with the hope of fully
need for technical and advisory services, the neighbouring communities through mainstreaming gender issues in the
In coordination with the local specifically on pest management and the local government units. University. ■
government officials, extension staff use of suitable production systems for ►
from OVCRE and CA interviewed the lowland rice, corn, pineapple, rambutan, The support and commitment of local PAGE 1
farmers and officials regarding their main banana, and other tropical fruits. government officials and the target
concerns in agriculture and the type of clients are however needed to make UPLB to hold national
technical and advisory services they want
to receive.
The farmer leaders requested for
a far more aggressive information
such extension projects successful and
dissemination and public awareness from various disciplines to formulate
Results of the structured survey and campaign on suitable technologies for This 2017, the UPLB team shall an action-oriented national program
one-on-one interview with local higher and better quality harvest. continue its close coordination with for agriculture. The committee has
government officials indicated that the the LGU for the conduct of a series of already conducted several workshops and
primary requests of the municipality With agriculture as one of its banner seminars or techno-demo specific to the drafted a discussion paper on agricultural
were technical assistance on waste programs, UPLB is strengthening its needs mentioned by the farmer leaders. ■ transformation.
management, livelihood programs, and public service not only by providing
The discussion paper emphasized
that transformation must be within
Aerial spraying discussed at UPLB the context of pro-poor and pro-
environment growth. The paper outlined
by Regina Mae C. Ongkiko several strategies to UPLB’s action plan
in achieving national food security and
The University of the Philippines Manila broad-based sustainable growth.
Health Policy Hub and the University
of the Philippines Los Baños organized Realizing the urgency to transform the
the 2nd Academic Health Policy Forum country’s current agricultural state,
on Aerial Spraying last 3 August 2016 UPLB is now collaborating with key
at the ICOPED Auditorum, College of players and stakeholders in a bid to chart
Economics and Management, UPLB. a program for agricultural development.
A National Agriculture Summit is being
Vice Chancellor Rex B. Demafelis proposed with the objective of coming
read the welcome remarks of UPLB up with a detailed united agricultural
Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. agenda which can be presented to the
who commended the idea of the two Duterte Administration.
constituent units coming together to
form a unified and official position on Set for this year, the Summit will
aerial spraying. bring together the public and private
sectors involved in the development
Meanwhile, UP Manila Chancellor of Philippine agriculture. UPLB’s
Carmencita D. Padilla emphasized that strategies for agricultural transformation
Representatives from various sectors such as the academe, government, and industry attend the 2nd will be presented for consultation and
PAGE 5 ► Academic Health Policy Forum on Aerial Spraying. (Photo by LN Garcia) validation. ■
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BIOTECH joins international conference
on biofertilizers and biopesticides
by Mervin John C. de Roma

The National Institute of Molecular policy, and institutional settings for
Biology and Biotechnology, or scaling up/commercialization of B&B;
BIOTECH, represented by Deputy managing risks in applications of B&B in
Director Dr. Marilyn B. Brown agriculture; and successful cases of B&B
and University Researcher Dr. Lilia production and commercialization.
M. Fernando, took part in the
first International Conference on In their paper entitled “Development
Biofertilizers and Biopesticides (ICBB) and Usage of Biofertilizers and
held 23-26 August 2016 in Taichung, Biopesticides in the Philippines,” Drs.
People’s Republic of China. The event Brown and Fernando acknowledged the
was organized by the Asian Productivity meager consumer demand and use of
Organization (APO). biopesticides in the Philippines.

The four-day conference sought to According to Dr. Brown, the problem
provide a platform for leaders from lies in part with the regulatory and
different sectors in the region to present administrative policies constraining
and discuss the latest scientific advances the registration of B&B products and
in biofertilizers and biopesticides (B&B) the absence of well-defined linkages
in agriculture as well as to formulate between the local government units and The advantages of biofertilizers and biopesticides were discussed during the four-day International
Conference on Biofertilizers and Biopesticides in China. Leaders from different sectors and countries
recommendations for the development farmers.
were able to share trends and experiences. (Photo courtesy of MB Brown)
of appropriate policy and regulatory
environments. Participants included “In the Philippines, support to most cases lack the capacity for mass training and extension work must be
experts from the USA, Republic of the development of a product or production. Due to this reason, B&B in conducted in various parts of the
Korea, Japan, India, and the People’s technology ends with the product general are not readily available in the country so that pesticide users are
Republic of China; APO member development. It is up to the researcher market unlike synthetic pesticides. well-informed of the advantages of
economies, and local observers composed to seek grants in order to conduct using B & B, she said.
of government representatives, private further research, extension activities Dr. Brown also emphasized that
sector, farmers’ organizations, NGOs, and seminars to increase the public commercialization is a facet that BIOTECH is currently implementing
and academe, among others. awareness on the availability, advantages needs to be addressed after product RDE projects which aim to enhance
and disadvantages of the use of the development. She recommends that existing B&B inoculants, develop
Among the various themes discussed in product,” Dr. Brown explained. research institutions should be enabled new but superior ones and promote
the conference included non-chemical to establish factories or mixing plants improved and superior B&B
plant nutrition and pest management in What this means is that most products so that biopesticides will be readily technologies to increase crop yield and
agriculture; R&D, production, and field- tend to be manufactured in research available for farmers, researchers, and reduce the chemical fertilizer use of
level application of B&B; regulatory, institutions like BIOTECH, which in continuous development. In addition, farmers. ■

UPLB and Go Negosyo...
The succeeding plenary talks were given
by esteemed guests from the government:
Department of Trade and Industry
Secretary Ramon Lopez discussed
business opportunities in the agriculture

Meanwhile, Senator Cynthia Villar
shared her expertise on championing
the agriculture sector. Sen.Villar also
highlighted the role of institutions like
UPLB in achieving inclusive growth.

The first forum tackled “Cultivating
Agribusiness Growth through
Innovation” and featured Josephine
Costales of Costales Nature Farms,
Winston Uy of Universal Leaf
Philippines, Inc., Joseph Calata of Calata
Corporation, Rosalind Wee of W Group
of Companies, Henry Lim Bon Liong
of Sterling Paper Group of Companies,
Desiree Duran of Duran Farms, and Rey respective roles in achieving economic
Lapid of R. Lapid’s Chicharon. development through business and
contributing to inclusive growth.
The second forum delved into the success
stories of the panelists composed of Paco The panelists included Department
Magsaysay of Carmen’s Best, Brian Belen of Agriculture Asec. for Agribusiness
of Ato Belen’s Farm, Sherill Quintana of Leandro Gazmin, Jerry Montejo of
Oryspa Spa Solutions, Arsenio Barcelona CARD SME Bank Inc., Jovito Rey
of Harbest Agribusiness Corporation, Gonzales of Department of Science
and Cathy Turvill of Nurture Wellness and Technology (DOST)-Technology
Village. The panelists also shared their Application and Promotion Institute,
insights on innovative approaches for Melvin Carlos of DOST-Philippine
sustainable agribusiness. Council for Agriculture, Aquatic
and Natural Resources Research and
The last forum featured experts and Development, Dr. Isagani Padolina
representatives from the academe, of Pascual Pharma Corp., and Aristeo Top Photo: UPLB also prepared an exhibit to present the different products of the university.
private sector, and government agencies Portugal of the Food and Agriculture Bottom Photo: Sen. Cynthia Villar emphasizes the role of UPLB in agriculture and sustainability.
who discussed the importance of their Organization. ■ (Photos by LN Garcia)
May - December 2016 5
UPLB exhibits urban agriculture technologies
by Lawrence N. Garcia

Manila Bulletin’s Agriculture Magazine efficient production methods for home
partnered with the University of the vegetables.
Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), through
the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Moreover, experts from UPLB delivered
Research and Extension, in holding two lectures on various topics: Prof. Primitivo
of the three Urban Agriculture Trade Jose A. Santos from the Institute of Plant
Show and Exhibit events held on 27-28 Breeding demonstrated Simple Nutrient
February and 17-18 September 2016 at Addition Program Hydroponics and
TriNoma in Quezon City and Market! Prof. Olivia C. Emata of the Animal
Market! in Taguig City, respectively. and Dairy Sciences Cluster talked about
cheese-making. Ms. Elena C. Ros of the
With the goal of making agriculture Crop Science Cluster discussed Rooftop
more accessible to those living in the and Vertical Gardening while Dr. Susan
cities, the Urban Agriculture Trade May F. Calumpang, Scientist I from
Show and Exhibit featured products the National Crop Protection Center
and lectures from UPLB and other and Assistant to the Vice Chancellor
agencies and organizations including for Research and Extension, lectured on
the Department of Agriculture and the pesticide residue reduction in food.
Philippine Orchid Society.
Additionally, various UPLB inventions
During the Market! Market! event, and technologies were also showcased.
UPLB showcased Vertical and Rooftop These include several bio-fertilizers
Gardening by turning its exhibit developed by BIOTECH, as well as
space into an edible vertical garden to seeds and seedlings of varieties of fruits
demonstrate how agriculture can be done and vegetables which have been bred
in urban areas. The vertical garden set-up and developed at the Institute of Plant Top Photo: Prof. Primitivo Jose A. Santos of IPB discusses SNAP Hydroponics and demonstrated
used the Dutch Bucket and the Wick Breeding, UPLB. ■ how to set up a do-it-yourself system. Bottom Photo: Dr. Susan May F. Calumpang talks on reducing
hydroponic systems as space-saving and pesticide residue in fruits and vegetables during food preparation. (Photos by LN Garcia)


Aerial spraying UPLB scientists feted by nation’s highest S&T body
by Lawrence N. Garcia
aerial spraying is not a new issue. She
also encouraged the participants to
explore areas of possible collaboration to
help boost the banana industry.

Speakers from the academe, industry, and
the government zeroed in on different
points related to the issue at hand.

Capt. Samson S. Villaver of the
AirTrac Agricultural Corp and Sumifru
Philippines Corporation discussed the
banana industry and how it is being
affected by the black sigatoka disease.
The disease can be managed by aerial
spraying of fungicide. Capt. Villaver also
mentioned the industry’s current efforts
to ensure that aerial spraying is both safe
and effective.

Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for
Dr. Virgina C. Cuevas from the Institute of Biological Sciences was conferred the rank and title of Academician. (Photo by LN Garcia)
Research and Extension Dr. Susan
May F. Calumpang who is also from
the National Crop Protection Center Scientists and researchers from the agent against fungal diseases in crops. received the NAST Environmental
talked about international regulatory University of the Philippines Los Baños This technology helped cabbage farmers Science Award for his contributions
protocols and systems currently in place were lauded during the 38th Annual in Benguet, Mountain Province save to the development, as well as the
in developed countries. Scientific Meeting of the National millions due to its effectiveness against implementation, of the watershed
Academy of Science and Technology the clubroot disease. approach to land use planning and
On the other hand, Dr. Allan R. (NAST) held at the Manila Hotel in natural resources management.
Dionisio from the National Poison Ermita, Manila on 13-14 July 2016. Dr. Tonette P. Laude, Associate Dean
Management and Control Center at the of the College of Agriculture, was given Dr. Cruz also led the formulation of
Philippine General Hospital reiterated Dr. Virginia C. Cuevas, Professor the 2016 Outstanding Young Scientist development master plans for key
the importance of preventive measures Emeritus from the Institute of Biological Award for her work in plant breeding, watershed areas in the country. The
for the health and safety of individuals Sciences, was conferred by NAST with specifically her work on identifying National Conservation Farming Village
and communities especially those living the rank and title of Academician for her superior populations of white corn with (CFV) program, also led by Dr. Cruz,
near the banana plantations. significant contributions as a scientist, high-quality protein. IPB Var 6 (NSIC has helped upland communities set up
educator, and mentor in the field of CN 2008-244), the most preferred sustainable and resilient upland farming
The participants engaged in intellectual mycology and environmental biology. variety for white corn grits, is part of her systems.
discussions, with both sides sharing research. Dr. Laude was also recognized
valuable insights. One of the main topics Her various research projects on cellulose for her work to prevent the genetic Finally, Dr. Jomar F. Rabajante from
was about the meaning of “safety” in and lignin degrading fungi led to the erosion of corn landraces in the country the Institute of Mathematical Sciences
terms of aerial spraying. The need for wide use of Trichoderma harzianum through recurrent selection procedures and Physics received the 2nd Prize
additional research was also mentioned. as activator for rapid composting and the development of biotic and for the 2016 NAST Talent Search
As such, the body agreed on pursuing technologies. abiotic stress-resistant hybrid corn for Young Scientists for his research
collaborative research among the varieties. entitled “Equilibrium switching and
government, the academe, and the Dr. Cuevas also developed the mathematical properties of nonlinear
industry. ■ Trichoderma Microbial Inoculant, a UP Scientist and former UPLB interaction networks with concurrent
biofertilizer that also acts as a biocontrol Chancellor Dr. Rex Victor O. Cruz antagonism and self-stimulation.” ■
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UPLB RDE Data Analytics
by Czarlina E. Magnata and Regina Mae C. Ongkiko

Number of Research Projects Implemented by College/Unit
(November 2014 to October 2016)


CA: College of Agriculture
CAS: College of Arts and Sciences
CDC: College of Development
CEAT: College of Engineering and
Agro-industrial Technology
CEM: College of Economics and

CFNR: College of Forestry and
Natural Resources
CHE: College of Human Ecology
CPAf: College of Public Affairs and
CVM: College of Veterinary Medicine
SESAM:School of Environmental Science
and Management
MNH: Museum of Natural History
BIOTECH: National Institute of Molecular
Biology and Biotechnology
PAHINUNGOD: Ugnayan ng Pahinungod
GENDER: UPLB Gender Center


Articles/Books Published/Papers Presented
(November 2014 to December 2016)

Articles/Books Published/Papers Presented TOTAL
Articles published in refereed journals
ISI-indexed 274
International refereed 113
Local refereed 103
Book/Book Chapter/Section 87
Papers presented in conferences
International conferences 176
Local conferences 611

International Publication Awardees TOTAL
Articles 128
Books/Book chapters 11

Research and Extension Digital Media Reach For the past two years, the Office
of the Vice Chancellor for Research
(November 2014 to December 2016) and Extension has invested in
increasing its digital media reach so
that R and E information would be
Facebook Reach more accessible.
Portal Unique Users
1,374,303 105,121
Social media analytics has increased
greatly because of the added
features such as Triva Tuesday and
The number of unique people who
have seen any content associated Technology of the Week.
with OVCRE’s official Facebook Page
The UPLB RDE Portal has been
redesigned to be mobile friendly, in
Twitter Impressions Abstract Downloads order to keep up with the changes
brought around by technology.

5,264,144 236,489 New issues of journals were also
uploaded in the UPLB Journals
The number of unique Twitter streams
Online website.
the content has been delivered to by
the OVCRE’s official Twitter account
May - December 2016 7
Special Economic Zones
to rise in UPLB
by Babylyn C. Dela Cruz

Two Special Economic Zones (SEZs) are to accommodate the IT sector such as
being developed by the University of the business process outsourcing companies.
Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) pursuant
to its Memorandum of Agreement with UPLB ensures that the development
the Philippine Economic Zone Authority and management of the property will
(PEZA) inked last 04 March 2016 by be consistent with its Land Use Plan.
both parties. With locators already expressing interest
in leasing parts of the property, the
The UPLB Agro-Industrial (AIP) and development of the zones could create
Information Technology (ITP) Parks, financial gains and establish the optimal
spanning 60.85 and 9.15 hectares use of UPLB’s assets.
respectively, will effectively tap resource
generation opportunities to support and The UPLB SEZ committee, chaired
sustain UPLB’s academic, research, and by Vice Chancellor Rex B. Demafelis
extension programs. It would become a and co-chaired by College of
venue for exposing faculty, researchers, Agriculture Dean Enrico P. Supangco,
and students to production and business is continuously working to lay down
technologies to enhance academic life strategies to accomplish its mandates and
and increase the research capability of the to address potential issues, questions and
University. concerns in developing the property.

The AIP will focus on attracting investors It was acknowledged, however, that
and prospective companies which are the development of UPLB SEZs will
interested to commercialize UPLB- require adequate resources in terms
developed technologies. The AIP will also of staff, facilities, and budget in order
establish a technology business incubator for its operationalization to come into
which will nurture start-ups and spin- fruition. The goal of establishing a
off companies. The AIP will also be fully operational UPLB SEZ involves
open to locators which will offer related a challenging task that requires a
technologies. considerable time for preparation and
Map prepared by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Planning and Development support from the UPLB administration.
On the other hand, the ITP will be able ■

Museum of Natural History discovers several new species
by James DV Alvarez and Florante A. Cruz

Left: Anaplecta anncajanoae Lucañas, n. sp.: (A) habitus; (B) hind wing; (C) proleg; (D) tarsal claw; (E) male genitalia and subgenital plate; (F) male supra-anal plate; (G) female subgenital plate. (Acronyms:
L1, L2, L3: Left phallomere sclerites; L2d: L2 dorsal; L2v: L2 ventral; L2vm: L2 ventromedial; R2, R3: Right phallomere sclerites) (Photo courtesy of The Philippine Entomologist)
Center: Lanceacheyla filipina Corpuz-Raros & Naredo (A. dorsum of body; B. Pedipalp); Scale bar: 100 micrometers (Photo courtesy of The Philippine Entomologist)
Right: Ceropupa adams sp. n. (holotype): 2. habitus, dorsal view; 3. habitus, lateral view; 4. head, frontal view; 5. thorax and abdomen, dorsal view. (Photo courtesy of Halteres)

Several new species of fauna have Asia. It is only one of the three new discovered by MNH curator Dr. Sheryl Biak-na-Bato National Park in 2003,
been recently described and named by possible species that was studied from the A. Yap together with Thierry Burgoin Professor Emeritus Leonila Corpuz-Raros
researchers and curators of the UPLB museum collections. of the Paris-based Museum National and research associate Jeremy Carlo
Museum of Natural History. This de Histoire Naturelle, Institut de B. Naredo described a new species of
has been a result of years of exploring The two other possible new species which Systematique, Evolution, Biodiversity. cheyletid mite. They named the species
various localities in the country, and are yet to be described were collected Lanceacheyla filipina as tribute to the
more interestingly, the old collections in by renowned entomologists Dr. Clare They named the species as Ceropupa Filipina woman.
natural history museums. Baltazar and Dr. Leopoldo B. Uichanco. adams after its type locality in Mt. Pao,
Adams, Ilocos Norte. According to their paper published in the
A species of cockroach has been The discovery further underscores the Philippine Entomologist, L. filipina is
described while sifting through the importance of natural history collections According to the authors, this is only the second species known for the genus
decades-old specimens at the UPLB in the Philippines as museum researchers the second species of the genus and Lanceacheyla and the first species of this
Museum of Natural History Entomology are discovering many more novel species represents also a new country record for genus from a cave habitat.
Collection. MNH research associate from old collections than they do by the Philippines. Cerupopa was previously
Cristian Lucañas named the species surveying forests and other habitats. The known only from Vietnam. According to The Museum’s quest to discover the
Anaplecta anncajanoae, after the late research has been published in the latest Yap, C. adams was found thriving under richness of Philippine biodiversity
MNH Botanical Herbarium technician, issue of The Philippine Entomologist Vol the leaves of the palm Pinanga urosperma continues as it explores more localities
Ms. Mary Ann O. Cajano. 30. No. 1. and was collected using an aspirator. and unique habitats from mountains to
caves in large and small, isolated islands.
The discovery extends the Pan-tropical Another new species of minute Upon meticulous review of the ■
distribution of the genus to Southeast derbid planthopper has been recently specimens collected from caves in
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