TODAY IS FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 2017

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Livestock Biotechnology Center

PHILIPPINE CARABAO CENTER

NEWS

  • DA-LBC holds research proposal writing workshop in Mindanao

    Following the series of workshops held in Benguet, Aklan, Bukidnon and Ilocos Norte, the DA-Livestock Biotechnology Center and Biotech Coalition of the Philippines, in cooperation with the DOST-National Research Council of the Philippines Division XIII and Jose Rizal Memorial State University, co-organized a three-day research proposal writing workshop last October 5-7, 2016 in Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte.

    “Through the DA-BIOTECH Program, biotechnology research are staunchly supported by the Department as a tool in achieving food security and sustainability. However, there are only a handful of research under the area of livestock biotechnology,” said Dr. Claro N. Mingala, Chief of the Livestock Biotechnology Center based in Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija.

    A major objective of the workshop is to strengthen the writing capacity of researchers all over the Philippines in coming up with quality and relevant full research proposals ready for submission to the DA-BIOTECH for funding support. The three-day activity was attended by more than thirty participants from Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur and some from as far as Batangas and Cagayan. The said research proposal writing workshops comprise of lectures, one-on-one coaching and critiquing of livestock biotechnology experts who also served as facilitators and resource speakers.

    “That's why, the Livestock Biotechnology Center is conducting research proposal writing workshops in different regions of the country to hone Filipino researchers' skill in creating meaningful livestock biotechnology research.” said Mingala. The said workshop also aims to promote collaboration of researchers and experts from regional offices and attached agencies of the Department of Agriculture, state universities to utilize available technologies and facilities and encourage private sector participation.

    The said workshop is in line with the 12th National Biotechnology Week (NBW) celebration, with the theme, "Bioteknolohiya: Kaagapay Para Sa Pangkalahatang Kaunlaran". The NBW aims to create sustained public awareness, understanding and appreciation of biotechnology and highlight it as another technology option for achieving and sustaining productivity and growth.

    For more information, please contact:

    Dr. Claro N. Mingala
    Chief
    DA-Livestock Biotechnology Center
    Philippine Carabao Center
    Tel. No. (044) 456-0729/(044) 456-0730
    Email Address: cnmingala@hotmail.com

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  • Filipino scientists and researchers partner with UK and SEA on swine and poultry research

    Aimed at strengthening transnational scientific collaboration, the Philippine delegation headed by DA-Biotechnology Program Director, Dr. Vivencio R. Mamaril, attend the workshop on Swine and Poultry Research Initiative on May 30 to June 4, 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand.

    Comprising of experts on the field of veterinary medicine, Dr. Claro N. Mingala, of the Philippine Carabao Center, a specialist on immunology and infectious diseases, Dr. Gemerlyn G. Garcia, Central Luzon State University, specializing on microbiology and Dr. Mildred A. Padilla, University of the Philippines - Los Baños, specialist on epidemiology, respectively, the team are expected to work collaboratively on research that will emphasize on the development of novel strategies for diagnosis, prevention, management or treatment of microbiological diseases of swine and poultry. In addition, proposed collaborative research shall be aimed to promote safe, healthy, resilient and sustainable food production systems in South East Asia and reduce the potential incidence of zoonotic disease in swine and poultry.

    The Swine and Poultry Research Initiative is supported by the UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council through the Newton Fund. This activity encourages researchers to submit innovative fundamental, strategic or applied research proposals in cooperation with academic research groups from the UK, China, Thailand, Viet Nam and the Philippines. Research proposals are encouraged to address one or more of the following four broad challenges in swine and poultry research namely, host-pathogen interaction, microbiology, epidemiology and disease management and control.

    The Philippine academic research group are accompanied by representatives from regulatory institutions of the Department of Agriculture such as the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI), National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) and specialists on veterinary public health from Central Luzon State University and University of Philippines - Los Baños.

    The Philippine Agriculture and Fisheries Biotechnology Program, Department of Agriculture (DA-BIOTECH), Ministry of Science and Technology Vietnam (MOST), National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) and Thailand National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) are partners with The UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) for this initiative.

    For more information, please contact:

    Dr. Claro N. Mingala
    Chief
    DA-Livestock Biotechnology Center
    Philippine Carabao Center
    Tel. No. (044) 456-0729/(044) 456-0730
    Email Address: cnmingala@hotmail.com

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  • Biotechnology centers initiate career orientation to boost interest in agri-fisheries biotechnology

    [Science City of Muñoz] Ageing farmers, declining number of students pursuing agriculture-related courses and dwindling number of small farms due to industrialization, pose a concern continue to threat to food security in the country.

    To meet the current demand, the use of modern biotechnology is recognized by the Department of Agriculture as a tool for improved productivity in crops and livestock commodities. However, one constraint of the said technology is the lack of human resources capable in conducting biotechnology research and development.

    With this, the Livestock, Fisheries and Crop Biotechnology Centers teamed up to promote agri-fisheries biotechnology to students in selected colleges and universities in Central Luzon and Pangasinan.

    Over 150 students attended the career orientation last November 23, 2016. The said activity consisted of inspirational talks from biotechnology scientists whose presentations highlighted the opportunities and benefits in pursuing a career in the area of agri-fisheries biotechnology. Students were also toured at the National Fisheries Research and Development Institute, Philippine Rice Research Institute and the Philippine Carabao Center National Headquarters and Gene Pool to further pique their interest in biotechnology.

    Said activity was part of the celebration of the 12th National Biotechnology Week which is celebrated every last week of November of each year.

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  • DA-LBC researchers attend policy forum on livestock diseases control

    [Muntinlupa City] The advent of highly-resistant pathogens call for urgent collaboration across disciplines, or the aptly-termed "One-Health Approach" in the science community. World Health Organization has since advocated for a proactive stance in dealing with anti-microbial resistance (AMR) to hinder the spread of this phenomenon.

    In line with this, Department of Science and Technology-National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP), held a forum entitled, "Policy Forum on Holistic Science-based Recommendations towards Holistic Approaches in the Control of Livestock Diseases" last December 9, 2016 at the Acacia Hotel Manila, Alabang, Muntinlupa City.

    "Being updated of recommendations from livestock experts is very important for researchers, especially in conducting studies on disease control," said Mary Rose DL. Uy, Science Research Specialist of the Livestock Biotechnology Center.

    "It is also interesting to learn about alternatives to antibiotics such as locally available medicinal plants and actinomycetes. Trajectory of future studies on applied biotechnology should be guided by these recommendations especially for young researchers like us."

    The Livestock Biotechnology Center has been collaborating with the NRCP since it has been operationalized in 2014 on research and capacity enhancing activities such as training on research proposal writing and biotechnology-related seminars.

    The policy forum was attended by researchers and experts on livestock from the academe, government and private sectors covering topics such as vaccine development, use of medicinal plants as bio-control agents and alternatives to antibiotics in treating diseases in livestock. Said event also coincided with the 83rd NRCP Founding Anniversary and the official launching of the NRCP Research Journal.

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