Posts made in June, 2015

Biotech method detects viral infection in rice before symptoms appear

Posted by on Jun 21, 2015 in Activities, News | 0 comments

                11-June-2015 Da Biotech Info Brief Researchers at the Philippine Rice Research Institute have been developing a fast, efficient and accurate method to detect viruses in rice and insect vectors. If successful, farmers will be able to know if their crops are in danger of damage or loss due to viral disease—even before any symptoms appear. The Department of Agriculture Biotechnology Program supports the study. Rice is the main staple food in...

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Biotechnology innovation and the Philippines

Posted by on Jun 20, 2015 in Activities, News | 0 comments

            June 18, 2015 By Bienvenido S. Oplas, Jr. BIOTECHNOLOGY involves food production and healthcare. It involves life: from new rice or vegetable varieties that are resistant to certain pests — and are flood tolerant and still high-yielding — to new medicines that raise or improve the survival chance of a cancer patient by 10 or 30 percent compared with old and existing medicines and treatment.   Innovation — endless improvement...

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Method for rapid detection of Salmonella in meat products through biotechnology

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015 in Activities, News | 0 comments

            UP Diliman is conducting a study with support from the Department of Agriculture Biotechnology Program to improve methods of detecting Salmonella in raw meat and meat products by looking at the genetic blueprints of the organism and analyzing the mechanism for its transmission and proliferation.   A certain group of bacteria causes approximately 90% of all food-borne illnesses in the world. Within such group, Salmonella is one of the most...

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APEC MEMBER ECONOMIES ACKNOWLEDGE IMPORTANCE OF SCICOM IN DECISION-MAKING PROCESS

Posted by on Jun 16, 2015 in Activities, News | 0 comments

              APEC Member Economies reaffirmed the importance of public engagement in the decision-making process consistent with domestic laws and obligations, during the second part of the High Level Policy Dialogue on Agricultural Biotechnology (HLPDAB) Workshop at Acacia Hotel, Manila, Philippines on June 11-12, 2015. Sarah Evanega of Cornell Alliance for Science, Gregory Jaffe of the Center of Science in the Public Interest, Jon Entine of Genetic...

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PH PLANS TO REVIVE COTTON PRODUCTION

Posted by on Jun 15, 2015 in Activities, News | 0 comments

            June 12, 2015 The Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority (PhilFIDA) plans to revive local production of cotton through the use of genetically modified varieties.Through BT cotton, local production output of the crop is expected to skyrocket by 2020 and potentially set up export to Southeast Asian countries, said PhilFIDA officer-in-charge deputy executive director Petronilo Jabay.BT cotton production output in five years could reach an...

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