Establishment of trial plantation of Jatropha curcas: Developing capabilities for the production of quality seeds and plantation

submitted by: UP Los Baños
A report on the partial results of the project done to (1) determine the silvical characteristics of Jatropha curcas; (2) compare the silvical characteristics of the Jatropha curcas coming from different provenances; (3) determine the seed yield of Jatropha curcas; and, (4) identify candidate plus trees based on the silvical characterization of the provenances. DR. ARTURO SA. CASTILLO AND DR. ROSELYN F. PAELMO Institute of Renewable and Natural Resources College of Forestry and Natural...

Isolation of banana genes involved in the developmental control of banana ripening

submitted by: UP Los Baños

A report on the project done to isolate and sequence fruit-specific MADS-box genes from banana and isolate the genomic DNA region encoding for identified MADS-box genes and to characterize the promoter region.

DR. EUREKA TERESA OCAMPO
Crop Science Cluster
College of Agriculture
University of the Philippines Los Baños

Assessment of the requirements to enhance organic agriculture in the Philippines

submitted by: UP Los Baños
A report on a study done to assess the current status and requirements for organic farming system and to recommend appropriate measures to enhance the development of organic agriculture in the Philippines. The study is significant for understanding the constraints and risks faced by farmers when they consider a decision on conversion from conventional to organic farming can aid concerned policymakers in identifying the correct strategies for propagating organic agriculture in the country....

Development of postproduction machinery for Jatropha curcas seeds

submitted by: UP Los Baños

A report on the project to (1) develop a set of machinery for the following operations: (i) harvesting, (ii) husking, (iii) shelling, and (iv) cleaning, (2) design and develop a system for the proper (i) drying and (ii) storage of Jatropha seeds, and (3) test and evaluate the developed technologies.

Dr. Arnold R. Elepaño
Institute of Agricultural Engineering
College of Engineering and Agro-Industrial Technology
University of the Philippines Los Baños

Exploration of the Microbial Diversity of Caves in the Philippines and its Biotechnological Potential: Bacterial Biofilm Formati

submitted by: UP Los Baños
A report on the UPLB Basic Research Program funded study to conduct initial assessments of microbial diversity of caves in Polillo Island, a Philippine Biodiversity Conservation Priority Area (PBCPA). Among the specific objectives are to: 1.) collect biofilm samples from cave environs (streams, pool of standing water, underwater passages, dripping water and rocks) of Mapanghe and Bulalon Caves in Polillo Islands, 2.) isolate, purify and identify bacterial species, 3.) conduct and monitor in...