Latest S&T News in REGION 4A

DOST-FPRDI's heat treatment allows pallet industry to meet global standards
Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Insect pests and diseases coming from other countries are known to have caused environmental disasters in the US. In northeastern and midwestern America, these agents of destruction – though very, very small - have invaded forests and wiped out entire species of trees in a matter of decades. To help ensure that invasive insect pests and diseases are not transmitted from one country to another thru global trade, the International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) No. 15 was enforced in 2002, mandating the makers of wooden packaging materials to sterilize their pallets and crates. Mode of sterilizing is either thru heat treatment or methyl bromide fumigation. The heat treatment facility of ACE+FA Enterprises. A pallet is a flat transport structure used for shipping goods around...   read full story

PCAARRD-funded mussel depuration facility soft launched in Bacoor
Posted: Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Green Mussels, locally known as ‘tahong,' is a favorite among Filipinos. Unfortunately, due to poor sanitary quality of freshly harvested mussels some people refrain from consuming this delicious delicacy. But with the soft launching of the Mussel Depuration Facility in Barangay Alima, Bacoor, Cavite, surely more people will be enjoying delightful tahong dishes whether baked, lightly grilled, or cooked as soup with spicy ginger. The facility is funded by the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAARRD).  The facility is an output of the project, "Production of safe mussels using environment-friendly culture methods in sites near urban areas," which aimed to produce an S&T-b...   read full story

New value-adding program and projects in the use of abaca hybrids to be proposed
Posted: Monday, May 07, 2018
DOST-PCAARRD, UPLB, FPRDI, PTRI, and PPMAI representatives discussing value-adding R&D initiatives that will boost the abaca industry with the use of abaca hybrids. (Image Credit: Joel Norman R....   read full story

Study of the supply chain of commercially important forest vines pushed
Posted: Monday, May 07, 2018
Porters and waste baskets woven from nito (Image credit: DOST-Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI) The growth of handicraft and furniture industries is constrained b...   read full story

DOST-FPRDI holds talks with DND's Government Arsenal
Posted: Friday, May 04, 2018
DOST-FPRDI representatives met with the Government Arsenal (GA), an agency under the Department of National Defense (DND) last 15 February 2018 to discuss possible joint research projects. The FP...   read full story

FPRDI researchers train on CNC use
Posted: Wednesday, May 02, 2018
A team from the DOST- Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI) recently trained in Jinan, China on the operation of a CNC router, a machine that can create intricate designs o...   read full story

Documentation of indigenous vegetables in PHL set in motion
Posted: Monday, April 23, 2018
LOS BAÑOS, Laguna—A project to document the indigenous vegetables in different provinces of the Philippines has been set in motion. Titled, "Documentation of the Indigenous Vegetables in the Philippi...   read full story

Improved survival rate of mud crab achieved through use of refined technology - DOST project
Posted: Thursday, April 19, 2018
Mud crab larvae that are fed various shrimp commercial formulated diets were stocked in 250 liter fiberglass tanks. (Image credit: Dr. Emilia T. Quinitio, Aquaculture Department, Southeast Asian Fis...   read full story