Posts made in April, 2016

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Opportunities under the Newton Agham Programme

Posted by on Apr 26, 2016 in Activities, News | 0 comments

                We are pleased to announce that the Newton PhD Scholarships and Institutional Links under the Newton Agham Programme are now open for applications.     Newton PhD Scholarships The aim of the Newton PhD Programme is to facilitate the capacity building of individuals, and the building of sustainable, long-lasting links between UK and Philippine institutions, through PhD scholarships. The scholarships are for full-time PhD study in...

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Biotech/GM Crops Planted on Two Billion Hectares from 1996 to 2015 Farmers Reap >US$150 Billion from Advances in Biotech Crops over 20 Years

Posted by on Apr 14, 2016 in Activities, News | 0 comments

Biotech/GM Crops Planted on Two Billion Hectares from 1996 to 2015  Farmers Reap >US$150 Billion from Advances in Biotech Crops over 20 Years

            Beijing (April 13, 2016) – Today, the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA) released its annual report detailing the adoption of biotech crops, “20th Anniversary of the Global Commercialization of Biotech Crops (1996-2015) and Biotech Crop Highlights in 2015,” showcasing the global increase in biotech hectarage from 1.7 million hectares in 1996 to 179.7 million hectares in 2015. This 100-fold increase in just 20...

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RESPONSE ON BEHALF OF THE PHI KAPPA PHI HONOREES, Joint Scholars’ Convocation (18 March 2016)

Posted by on Apr 11, 2016 in Activities, News | 0 comments

            RESPONSE ON BEHALF OF THE PHI KAPPA PHI HONOREES   Joint Scholars’ Convocation 18 March 2016 Institute of Biology, National Science Complex University of the Philippines, Diliman Quezon City 1101   Valedictory address of Mr. Miguel Ricardo Leung Mr. Leung is the graduating valedictorian, summa cum laude, for this year’s batch in the UP System    Good afternoon, everyone.   When I was asked to give this speech, I was given the topic...

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Non-browning GMO apples and potatoes

Posted by on Apr 10, 2016 in Activities, News | 0 comments

              by Dr. Emil Javier April 9, 2016   There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why… I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?’ – Robert Kennedy Since we do not grow apples and not much potatoes and both are minor items in our diets, what are our interests in non-browning genetically modified (GMO) apples and potatoes? Not much really, directly, except for the implications of their commercial release with the...

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Philippine Supreme Court GMO Ruling Shows Vulnerability But Offers Hope When Farmers Speak Up

Posted by on Apr 8, 2016 in Activities, News | 0 comments

                ROSALIE ELLASUS APRIL 7, 2016 Judges almost took away our food and our farms. This year’s growing season here in the Philippines is near its end, and once again we faced all of the usual challenges of pests, weeds, and weather. What we didn’t expect was a surprise attack from our country’s top court. The good news is that we appear to have dodged a big threat to our food security. The government just adopted new rules on genetically...

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