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April 1-30, 2017 Official Publication of the UPLB College of Agriculture and Food Science Volu me 6 No. 4

On the question of the visitors about researches on

CAFS Green Hunters rice in the country, Dean Supangco replied that PhilRICE
is the government agency that focuses primarily on rice
are co-champions research although the International Rice Research Insti-
tute (IRRI) and the UPLB also take part in doing rice
breeding. Moreover, he said that UPLB has a strong link-
in Palarong UPLB age with IRRI wherein scientists serve as members of the
committee of local and foreign students enrolled at the

I n a showcase of prowess and adrenalins, the College of

Agriculture and Food Science (CAFS) Green Hunters
emerged as co-champions in Palarong UPLB 2017 held last March
UPLB Graduate School and who are conducting research
at IRRI.
27 to April 7. As regards exchange program of UPLB with other
countries, Dean Supangco said that UPLB has a Memo-
The Green Hunters finished at first place in the student divi- randum of Agreement in universities all over Asia and
sion by garnering 1,805 points while the College of Arts and Sci- this is mostly about exchange student research wherein a
ences Blue Champs topped the faculty and staff division with lot of graduate students from Myanmar are currently
1,170 points. enrolled at the Graduate School.
The Green Hunters overpowered the Royal White of the The other delegates who accompanied Aye Ko Ko
College of Engineering and Agro-Industrial Technology (CEAT) were: Dr. Nyi Nyi, Moe Khaing and U Min Zaw Aung,
which placed second with 1,693 points. The Yellow Raptors of the assistant directors; Dr. Yin Minn Tun, deputy staff officer;
College of Veterinary Medicine came in third with 1,464 points. and Aung Myo Wai and Htwar Maung, staff officers. (IM
Meanwhile, the Green Hunters faculty and staff garnered a Gesmundo)
total of 1,123 points behind the Blue Champs in the faculty and
staff division; followed by the Yellow Raptors (composed of the
Colleges of Forestry and Natural Resources, Human Ecology, and NCPC seminar series
Veterinary Medicine) at third place with 1,096 points.
With this years theme, Gear Up, Palarong UPLB 2017 fea-
kicks off
tured various sports events and other contests such as ballroom
dancing, Filipino games and DOTA. This was hosted and orga-
nized by the CEAT and the UPLB Sports and Recreation Commit-
A s its first salvo after the college-wide restructur-
ing, the National Crop Protection Center
(NCPC) launched a seminar series last April 24 at the
tee. (Imelda M. Gesmundo with information from
NCPC auditorium. The first topic titled Bioecology and
Distribution of Comperiella calauanica Barrion et. al.
Myanmars DA- MOAI (Hymenoptera:Incyrtidae) was discussed by UP Scientist
Mario V. Navasero.
visits CAFS As a regular extension activity, the seminar series
aims to spread the RDE programs and activities of the
center and is open to anyone interested in crop protec-
S even delegates from the Myanmars Department of Agri-
culture (DA)-Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation
(MOAI), headed by Deputy Director General Aye Ko Ko, visited
tion, pest management, biological control and technical
the College of Agriculture and Food Science (CAFS) last April 3. The NCPC seminar-series is a project of the NCPC
In a courtesy visit to Dean Enrico P. Supangco, the visitors Public Service Division led by Valeriana Justo and coordi-
were oriented about CAFS through an audio visual presentation. nated by Melissa Montecalvo and Ruby G. dela Cruz. (RG
Dean Supangco also informed them about the renaming of the dela Cruz)
College of Agriculture into the CAFS. He said that the recent
restructuring of the college from clusters gave rise to five degree- FEEDBACK
granting institutes and four research, development and extension For comments/suggestions, just e- mail:
(RDE) institutes/centers.
Danilo J. Lalican and Ann Mylalulex A. Magnaye, two rice Editor, CAFS Monthly Newsletter
breeders who are involved in rice varietal development in the AgriBookstore, IH Complex,
Institute of Crop Science, were also present to answer their que- UPLB Campus, College, Laguna
ries since the interest of the visitors is on rice. We welcome articles from every CAFS
Page 2 CAFS Monthly Newsletter

NCPC conducts IPB joins Summer

overseas training on Garden Show
pest surveillance & T he Institute of Plant Breeding (IPB) participated
in the summer garden show which ran from
pest list development April 21 to May 1 at the UPLB Seniors Social Garden.
With the theme Theres GOLD in Recycling, this

T he National Crop Protection Center (NCPC), College

of Agriculture and Food Science (CAFS), assisted by
the Plant Health Component Implementation Unit of the Minis-
11-day event raises awareness on everyones role on
protecting the environment through recycling by show-
casing the creativity of turning up scrap materials for use
try of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries, Cambodia, is current- in landscape design.
ly conducting a training course on Pest Surveillance and Pest The garden show was organized by the Los Baos
List Development from April 24-May 16.
Horticulture Society and participated by the societys
The three-week training consists of lectures in the class- members as well as several institutions and groups.
room, hands-on practicum in the laboratory, and field work in Landscape designs by famous landscapers in Los Baos
the experimental stations and farmers field. Technical officers, and nearby towns were shown and awards for outstand-
namely: Roeun Vanna, Uk Phearin, ing booths and plants were given.
Chheng Rasey and Mang Socheat are being trained by lecturers
IPB displayed tarps highlighting its mandates, major
from NCPC, Institute of Weed Science, Entomology and Plant
programs, crops, products, and services. It also sold
Pathology (also from CAFS), Bureau of Plant Industry, Regional
assorted vegetable seeds, Sinta papaya seedlings and
Crop Protection Centers III and IV-A, and a consultant.
asexually propagated fruit trees. Other groups dis-
Such activity was conceptualized to train plant health staff played technologies on crop production, handicrafts and
of the Plant Protection Sanitary and Phytosanitary Department food products. There were plant sales and free lec-
of the General Directorate of Agriculture to produce a credible tures. (Laureano B. Lanosia, Jr.)
pest list and update this as the need arises. The maintenance of
a national specimen based pest list is a must to underpin pest
risk analysis, support trade negotiations and manage domestic FOREIGN TRAVEL*
plant pest and disease problems.
At the end of the training, the participants are expected to Rainie Rich Chucky S. Yambao, university re-
acquire knowledge and skills on pest surveillance and pest list search associate, Dairy Training and Research Insti-
development; develop better relationship, mentoring, network- tute (DTRI); attended the training on RNA Se-
ing and joint collaborative research between the UPLB trainers- quence Analysis at University of Illinois, Urbana,
lecturers and the Cambodian trainees that will enhance future Illinois, USA; April 1-10
harmonization and awareness of international sanitary and phy- Dr. Amado A. Angeles, OIC director and assis-
tosanitary issues. tant professor, DTRI; attended the training on total
The NCPC Project Management Unit is headed by Dr. Gil mixed ration at the University of Georgia, USA as
L. Magsino as the over-all training coordinator; ably assisted by part of the research project Philippine Local For-
Dr. Bonifacio F. Cayabyab, Melissa P. Montecalvo, Gideon Aries ages as Sustainable Feed Alternate for Dairy Cat-
S. Burgonio, Randolph Candao, Loreta del Mundo, Elvie Cuer- tle; April 1-15
do, Alice G. Aquino, Emma Perez, Genaro Katimbang and Dr. Desiree M. Hautea and Mark Gabriel S.
Fredelino Pealba. Sagarbarria, research professor and university
Dr. Tonette P. Laude, CAFS associate dean for instruction, research associate, respectively, Institute of Plant
represented Dean Supangco during the opening day of the Breeding; attended the 4th Annual Plant Genomics
training. (RG dela Cruz, with report from BF Cayabyab) and Gene Editing Congress in Hongkong; April 9-11
Dr. Sheryl A. Yap, assistant professor, Institute
of Weed Science, Entomology and Plant Pathology;
The College of Agriculture and Food Science
visited and conducted research at the Museum Na-
Monthly Newsletter
tional dHistoire Naturelle (MNHN) and the Lee
is published through the Office of the Dean,
Kong Chain Natural History Museum (LKCNHM)
College of Agriculture and Food Science,
in Paris, France and National University Singapore,
UPLB, College, Laguna
respectively; April 20-May 30
Advisers: Dean Enrico P. Supangco
Associate Deans Tonette P. Laude &
Noel B. Lumbo, assistant professor, Institute of
Animal Science; attended the Pig Feed Quality Con-
Jocelyn D. Labios
ference in Vietnam; April 24-27
Editor/Layout Artist: Apolinario L. Lantican
Contributors: Erlinda A. Balot, Bonifacio F. Cayabyab,
Ruby G. dela Cruz, Imelda M. Gesmundo *Prepared by:
and Laureano B. Lanosia, Jr. Imelda M. Gesmundo and Erlinda A. Balot
Circulation Officer: Venecia B. Batain