DOST participates in national biotechnology week

THE Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology ( DOST- PCAARRD) participates in this year’s 12th National Biotechnology Week ( NBW) with the theme, Bioteknolohiya: Kaagapay and the tagline, s a P a n g k a l a h a t a n g Kaunlaran,
from Nov. 21 Yakapin ang Pagbabago, to 25 at the Bureau of Soils Biotek na Tayo! and Water Management (BSWM).

H e a d e d b y t h e Department of Agriculture (DA), this year’s NBW will be a weeklong activity that will highlight the technological a d v a n c e ments a n d potential benefits that can be derived from the various applications of biotechnology i n t he agriculture, environment, and health sectors.

As part of DOST’s activities during the NBW, PCAARRD will be holding a two- day agriculture and aqua science and technology fora on Nov. 22 and 24.Aside from the fora, the council, along with other DOST agencies, will be showcasing its biotechnology initiatives through an exhibit that will be displayed at the BSWM grounds throughout the week.

The Nov. 22 agriculture forum will feature the following: application of genomics in sugarcane variety development by the Philippine Sugar Research Institute; molecular marker development in mango by the Institute of Plant Breeding of the University of the Philippines Los Baños; the role of assisted reproduction i n dairy i ndustry development and value of molecular techniques i n hard to select traits of pigs by the Philippine Carabao Center.

The Nov. 24 f orum will focus on the biotech a pplications i n t he aquatic sector with topics including the practical genomics in mangrove crab rearing by the De La Salle University ( DLSU); DNA fingerprinting and genetic diversity analysis of cultured Nile and feral tilapia by the Institute of Biology of the University of the Philippines Diliman; coral genomics; and the biotech in sardines.

NBW will be participated by DOST, Department of Health, DA, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Education, Commission for Higher Education, Southeast Asian Regional Center f or Graduate and Research in Agriculture Biotechnology I nformation Center, and the Biotechnology C o a l i t i o n o f t h e Philippines.

NBW i s an annual celebration which kicked off i n 2005 and was institutionalized in 2007 by virtue of Presidential Proclamation 1414 and serves as a venue for government agencies, academic communities, and private institutions to create awareness about the role of biotechnology in food production and security.

-Published in Panay News via Pressreader.com.  See article link here.

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