The National Symposium on Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (NSAARRD) bestowed distinction on two projects as the year nears its conclusion.
Projects on improving mango production through S&T and an innovative insect pest management to control citrus rind borer (CRB) on Satsuma Mandarin won separate award from the NSAARRD for “outstanding research and development (R&D)” initiatives.
Annually, NSAARRD recognizes outstanding contributions of individuals and institutions in improving the state of R&D in the country in agriculture, aquatic, and natural resources (AANR) sector. NSAARRD recognizes two award categories: Best Research Paper and Best Development Paper.
Best Research Paper
The project, “Harnessing Entomopathogenic Fungi (EPF) for the Control of Citrus Rind Borer (CRB) (Prays endolemma Diakonoff) on Satsuma Mandarin (Citrus unshiu) topped this year’s contenders.
CRB is an insect pest that burrows into the fruit’s rind and flesh, making it unattractive and inedible. EPF, on the other hand, was identified as a biological control for CRB as it is the insect pest’s natural enemy. Using biological agents in insect pest management reduces or eliminates use of synthetic insecticides that are harmful to health and environment.
The project led by Dr. Jonar I. Yago of the Nueva Vizcaya State University (NVSU) was implemented by (NVSU) and the National Chung-Hsing University.
Bagging second place in said category is the project, “From Functional Genomics to Functional Applications in Cacao Production and Varietal Improvement,” implemented by Dr. Edward A. Barlaan and Dr. Emma K. Sales of the University of Southern Mindanao (USM) and Dr. Antonio C. Laurena of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB).
Placing third place is the project, “Classical Swine Fever (CSF) Surveillance in Mindanao Towards its Control and Eradication” by Dr. Alan P. Dargantes of Central Mindanao University (CMU).
Best Development Paper Award’s first place was given to the project, “Improvement of Mango Production through Science and Technology Innovations and Support Mechanisms for Capacity Development in Bataan and Zambales.” This project was implemented by Bataan Peninsula State University (BPSU) and President Ramon Magsaysay State University and led by Dr. Hermogenes M. Paguia of BPSU.
The second place was awarded to the project, “Community-based Participatory Action Research on Sustainable Corn Production in Sloping Areas (SCoPSA) in Barangay Divisoria Sur and Divisoria Norte, Maddela, Quirino” led by Ms. Chonalyn A. Pascua of DA-RFO 2.
The awards were conferred during the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST-PCAARRD) virtual S&T Awards and Recognition held on December 22, 2020. It was live-streamed via the Council’s Facebook page.
Other awards were Dr. Elvira O. Tan for published papers in agriculture, aquatic, and natural resources; Ulat SIPAG for professional media, and Ugnay for outstanding regional consortium.
Outstanding published R&D papers honored in Dr. Elvira O. Tan Awards
Three published research and development papers in agriculture, aquatic, and natural resources and environment topics were conferred with the Dr. Elvira O. Tan Awards.
In Agriculture, the Outstanding Published Paper was conferred to “De novo genome sequence assembly of dwarf coconut (Cocos nucifera L. ‘Catigan Green Dwarf’) provides insights into genomic variation between coconut types and related palm species,” authored by Mr. Darlon V. Lantican of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB). It was implemented by UPLB-Institute of Plant Breeding and the Boyce Thompson Institute.
The research work reported the first high-quality sequence assembly and annotation of the whole-genome sequence (WGS) of a dwarf coconut variety, ‘Catigan Green Dwarf’ (CATD). This sequence information provides the most basic and information needed to conduct more precise and directed research to address productivity and income concerns of farmers and the supply and quality demand imposed by local and international markets/consumers.
Under Aquatic Sciences Category, the award was bestowed to the project, “Reproductive development of the threatened giant grouper (Epinephelus lanceolatus)” by Peter A. Palma of the Aquaculture Department, Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC).
SEAFDEC, University of Ryukyus, University of the Sunshine Coast, and Research Institute for Aquaculture implemented the project.
The research work describes the reproductive development of the threatened giant grouper, providing a foundation for ongoing research activities on the development of the giant grouper broodstock and hatchery management. Additionally, the research data can be used for the formulation of management policies for the threatened giant grouper species.
Lastly, the project, “Mapping Fishing Activities and Suitable Fishing Grounds Using Nighttime Satellite Images and Maximum Entropy Modelling” by Mr. Rollan C. Geronimo of the Department of Geography, University of Hawaii, was the Outstanding Published Paper awardee under Natural Resources and Environment Category. It is implemented by the University of Hawaii, U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Earth Observation Group, and National Fisheries Research and Development Institute.
It highlights the use of nighttime satellite images in obtaining information on the spatial fishing effort of fisheries, especially in Southeast Asia. Using maximum entropy modeling, the study identified bathymetry and chlorophyll as the main environmental predictors of spatial occurrence of the core fishing areas. Data from the study can be used to inform various fisheries management interventions in the country.
The Awards were given during the virtual S&T Awards and Recognition of the PCAARRD held on December 22, 2020 via the Council’s Facebook page. (Rose Anne M. Aya, DOST-PCAARRD S&T Media Services)