BOOK SHOWCASES SHRIMP BIOTECHNOLOGY RESEARCH
AS SHRIMP is a high-value commodity, shrimp aquaculture is a major industry in the Philippines. Given the various challenges and opportunities in shrimp aquaculture, there is a need for comprehensive and systematized information about shrimp.
“Biotechnological Advances in Shrimp Health Management in the Philippines,” a book that compiles the relevant research on shrimp, was published to provide those in the trade with up-to-date information about shrimp biotechnology.
Each of the book’s ten chapters was written by a different expert, and includes discussions on challenges currently encountered by the industry; a complete documentation and overview of the management practices of diseases caused by viral pathogens; and potential biotechnological interventions that can prepares a soil-less potting medium made from a mix of equal parts well-washed coco coir dust and Klassmann brand TS1 and TS2 medium from Allied Botanical Corp. He believes this mixture is the best for seed germination and provides a comfortable environment for the seeds. He sows the seeds in his medium using 128-hole plastic seedling trays.
He sprays his own secret concoction of fungicides to prevent diseases from infecting his growing seedlings. Irrigation is needed everyday to ensure the seeds are kept slightly moist. After 15-18 days, the seedlings are transferred to PE plastic propagation bags to give the roots ample space to grow. In a few more weeks, they are ready for sale.
be employed as part of good aquaculture practices. It also contains a discussion of molecular approaches to better understand the shrimp immune system and the development of biotechnological interventions for the industry’s development.
The book was an output of the Shrimp Biotechnology Program funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). It caters to diverse stakeholders like scientists, shrimp farmers, aquaculturists, researchers, and students. (JOBELLE MAE L. ZURAEK, DOSTPCAARRD S&T MEDIA SERVICE) Aga can produce up to 3,500 seedlings per month, depending on the season. He sells each seedling for R35, and this adds up to total sales revenues of more than R120,000 on a good month. Not bad for so little space and a lot of tender, loving care. His customers know they can depend on him to produce high-quality seedlings of Red Lady papaya, and it is that reliability which keeps them coming back to do business with him.
Aga’s hardworking nature, which allowed him to sacrifice all for his family, has paid off, and his business, though small, keeps him and his family happy and fulfilled.
Red Lady seedlings ready for selling. In the rightmost photo, Aga poses with his brother Arnel’s store.