University of the Philippines Los Baños
Friday, 10 March 2017 00:00

UPLB showcases research wealth at university-wide exhibit

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On the morning of March 7, the UPLB Exhibit and Partnership Visit held at the administration building of the Institute of Plant Breeding became a point of convergence for UPLB’s research community and the University’s research partners.

Some of the University’s technologies and products were pulled out of the laboratories and display centers to be exhibited for partners to see. Meanwhile, UPLB officials, led by Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr., gathered at the IPB, primarily to explain the University’s research and development outputs to the visitors. Some scientists and technology proponents were also present, ready to answer inquiries about their work.

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“Today, we shall all be closely acquainted with these innovations and discoveries — products and technologies that UPLB takes pride in and believes will be instrumental in further advancing and promoting inclusive and sustainable growth in our country,” said Chancellor Sanchez during his welcome remarks in a program that followed the formal opening of the exhibit.

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Dr. Rex Demafelis, vice chancellor for research and extension, gave an overview of selected products and technologies to the audience. One of them is edible landscaping, a new approach that merges science and arts and innovation and creativity in crop production. UPLB’s Edible Landscaping Team is led by Chancellor Sanchez, who is also a professor of horticulture at the College of Agriculture and Food Science (CAFS).

Another is FRUITECT, an edible fruit coating that solves problem on agriculture waste utilization and extends postharvest life of fruits. It is a nanotechnology product under the Institute of Chemistry of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). Dr. Demafelis also reiterated the value of carageenan technology for rice, which the CAFS-National Crop Protection Center has been advocating among farmers. This plant additive that was extracted from red edible seaweed  keeps rice resistant to rice tungro virus.

Dr. Demafelis also presented Aussie Red, an imported cattle breed that the National Dairy Authority loaned out to the CAFS-Dairy Training and Research Institute (DTRI). Based on the Institute’s monitoring of its performance and evaluation, nine have become pregnant and two have had cubs. This medium-sized cattle breed is tolerant to heat and has better fertility. It is said to produce more than double the milk that other cattle could produce.

Dr. Demafelis also discussed the Technology Commercialization on Wheels, a project of the College of Development Communication (CDC) and the Bureau of Agricultural Research that has brought Packages of Technologies and promoted technology transfer and commercialization to several municipalities in Quezon and Albay.

These products were also featured in the exhibit, alongside more technologies from various colleges.

The guests during the exhibit and program were Atty. Cristela Wednesday Patdu, consultant for legal affairs of Senator Cynthia Villar; Arvin Villa, district liaison officer of Laguna 2nd District Representative Joaquin “Jun” Chipeco; and Evangeline Paril and Filomena Asoge from the local government unit of Real, Quezon.

Also present were UPLB vice chancellors and deans, namely: Dr. Portia Lapitan (academic affairs), Dr. Crisanto Dorado (administration), and Dr. Marish Madlangbayan (planning and development); and deans of colleges, namely: Dr. Enrico Supangco (agriculture and food science); Dr. Felino Lansigan (arts and sciences); Dr. Ma. Theresa Velasco (development communication); Dr. Isabelita Pabuayon (economics and management); Dr. Willie Abasolo (forestry and natural resources); Dr. Raden Piadozo (human ecology); and Dr. Eduardo Torres (veterinary medicine).

Dr. Susan May Calumpang, assistant to the vice chancellor for research and extension, Dr. Rosario Monsalud, director of the National Institute of Molecular Biology, and associate deans, namely: Dr. Myra Borines (engineering and agro-industrial technology) and Karen Quilloy (economics and management), and members of the CAFS executive committee were also present during the event. (Mark Jayson E. Gloria)