TECHNOLOGY BREAKTHROUGHS FEATURED AT FORUM
THE RECENT SIPAG FIESTA FORUM— part of the three-day SIPAG (Strategic Industry S&T Program for Agri-Aqua Growth) FIESTA, spearheaded by the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAARRD)—featured several technology breakthroughs.
Showcasing the best of the Council’s R&D initiatives from 2010 to 2016, SIPAG FIESTA provided a technology forum where important outputs on crops, livestock, aquatic, forestry, and natural resources were tackled.
AQUATIC TECHNOLOGIES Aquatic experts from the University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV), Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC), and UP Diliman-Marine Science Institute (UPD-MSI) discussed their respective research outputs.
Prof. Valeriano L. Corre, Jr. of UPV discussed the use of a disease diagnostic kit for detecting white spot syndrome virus (WSSV) and other shrimp pathogens. Corre also discussed the biofloc technology, which uses multiple layers of microorganisms in water to enhance nutrition and control disease of shrimp.
Dr. Emilia T. Quinitio, head of the Dumangas Brackishwater Station of the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) Aquaculture Department, discussed the opportunities in mangrove crab as an export commodity, and the use of marine annelid to ensure mangrove crab’s nutritional requirement, as well as the production of high value soft-shell crab. Marine annelid is a formulated diet, which contains higher levels of total lipids and highly unsaturated fatty acid that can improve larval performance.
Dr. Aletta T. Yniguez of UPD-MSI provided information about the Benham Rise, a deep-water biodiversity hotspot located off the coast of Aurora province, and its exploration, which was funded by DOST-PCAARRD.
LIVESTOCK TECHNOLOGIES Significant outputs under the Industry Strategic S&T Plan (ISP) as discussed during the forum included slaughter goat, dairy goat, native chicken, duck, pork, dairy buffalo, and feed resources.
Dr. Ma. Victoria O. Espaldon of UPLB discusses Smarter Agriculture during the Forestry and Natural Resources Forum.
Dr. Gil Magsino of the UPLB-National Crop Protection Center discusses the benefits of the carrageenan plant growth promoter in rice.
Prof. Valeriano L. Corre Jr. of the University of the Philippines Visayas discusses shrimp biotechnology during the first day of the SIPAG FIESTA Techno Forum.