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Scientists and researchers from the University of the Philippines Los Baños were lauded during the 3th Annual Scientific Meeting of the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) held at the Manila Hotel in Ermita, Manila on 13-14 July 2016.
Dr. Virginia C. Cuevas, Professor Emeritus from the Institute of Biological Sciences, was conferred by NAST with the rank and title of Academician for her significant contributions as a scientist, educator, and mentor in the field of mycology and environmental biology. Her various research projects on cellulose and lignin degrading fungi led the wide use of Trichoderma harzianum as activator for rapid composting technologies.
Dr. Cuevas also developed the Trichoderma Microbial Inoculant, a biofertilizer that also acts as a biocontrol agent for fungal diseases in crops. This technology helped cabbage farmers in Benguet save millions due to its effectiveness in against the clubroot disease.
Dr. Tonette P. Laude, Associate Dean of the College of Agriculture, was given the 2016 Outstanding Young Scientist Award for her work in plant breeding, specifically her work on identifying superior populations of white corn with high-quality protein. IPB Var 6 (NSIC CN 2008-244), the most preferred variety for con grits, is part of this research.
Dr. Laude was also recognized because of her work on preventing the genetic erosion of corn landraces in the country through recurrent selection procedures and the development of biotic and abiotic stress-resistant hybrid corn varieties.
UP Scientist and former UPLB Chancellor Dr. Rex Victor O. Cruz received that NAST Environmental Science Award for his contributions to the development, as well as the implementation, of the watershed approach to land use planning and natural resources management. Dr. Cruz also led the formulation of development master plans for key watershed areas in the country. The National Conservation Farming Village (CFV) program, also led by Dr. Cruz, promoted and provided upland communities with sustainable and resilient upland farming systems.
Dr. Jomar F. Rabajante from the Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Physics received the 2nd Prize for the 2015 NAST Talent Search for Young Scientists for his research entitled “Equilibrium switching and mathematical properties of nonlinear interaction networks with concurrent antagonism and self-stimulation.”
The deadline for submission of proposals has been extended to 31 July 2016.
Forms (3.6a and 3.6-3.9) are available for download from this page.
- Internationalization of agriculture graduate curriculum
- International student and faculty mobility: trends, patterns, issues and challenges
- Issues and prospects of establishing interdisciplinary joint and dual/double degree programs; cross-border/transnational graduate programs in agriculture and related disciplines
- Enhancing interdisciplinary graduate programs for agricultural and rural development, natural resource management and climate change adaptation and risk reduction
- Graduate educational reforms and innovations in agriculture academic programs
- Agriculture graduate program quality assurance, access and equity issues
- Brain drain and migration of agriculture, science and technology human resources
- Sustainable development, ensuring food security and the challenge of agriculture human resource development
- Maximizing opportunities of university partnerships in science and technology, research and development
- Enriching graduate students’ experience and learning outcomes
- Enhancing lifelong learning and employability of agriculture graduates
- Agribusiness management and entrepreneurship and agriculture industry-university partnership
- Agricultural university leadership and governance issues and challenges
The UPLB Office of the Chancellor and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension, conducted the University of the Philippines Los Baños-Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (UPLB-CGIAR) Collaboration Meeting on 20 June 2016, at Drilon Hall, SEARCA.
Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. formally opened the event by delivering his welcome remarks, emphasizing the need for collaboration and institutional linkages to strengthen the university’s internationalization efforts. It was then followed by the introduction of CGIAR Centers’ Representatives and UPLB participants, which was led by Dr. Rex B. Demafelis, Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension.
Starting the discussion was Dr. Simplicio M. Medina, Director of the Office of Institutional Linkages, who talked about the responses of UPLB to the challenges in internationalizing the national university. According to Medina, internationalization is not an end itself but rather, a means to an end.
Dr. Dindo Campilan, the Regional Director Asia of International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), was the first to present from the CGIAR centers. He talked about CIAT’s research agenda and CIAT and UPLB’s partnerships in the Philippines and Asia.
Introducing ICRAF Philippines and its different programs within the country and the Asia-Pacific region was Dr. Rodel Lasco, Senior Scientist and Country Coordinator of World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF). On the other hand, the Communications Specialist for East and Southeast Asia of International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Ms. Jules Mateo ended her discussion with a memorable line, “Better lives through livestock.”
Likewise, Dr. Nigel Preston, Director General of WorldFish Center, discussed anticipated advances, outcomes, and impacts of sustainable aquaculture research especially on farmed fish species like Tilapia, among others. Dr. Agustin Molina, Senior Scientist and Regional Coordinator of Bioversity International, talked about working with CGIAR.
Dr. Bas Bouman, Director of the Global Rice Science Partnerships (GRiSP) program of IRRI, updated the participants on their current research agenda. Lastly, IRRI scientist and FSSP Coordinator, Dr. Madonna Casimero, talked about the partnership of the Department of Agriculture (DA) and IRRI in pursuing food staples sufficiency.
An important part of the program were the breakout sessions which allowed the discussion of future collaborations between the organizations present in the meeting. The plenary was divided into four groups. Dr. Eduardo Torres of the College of Veterinary Medicine chaired Group 1; Dr. Diomedes Racelis of the College of Forestry and Natural Resources chaired Group 2; Dr. Artemio Salazar of the Institute of Plant Breeding for Group 3; and finally, Dr. Jose Hernandez of the College of Agriculture for Group 4. Highlights and synthesis of the respective sessions were presented afterwards.
Dr. V. Bruce Tolentino, Deputy Director General of IRRI ended the meeting with a call for more collaboration in research and development.
About 110 participants attended the UPLB-CGIAR Collaboration Meeting.