The Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAARRD) recently held an inception meeting with the Institute for Climate Change and Environmental Management (ICCEM) for the Php 4.9M-project titled, “Development of Botanical Pesticides from Indigenous Plants in Selected Forest Ecosystems in Central Luzon.”
Fungal plant pathogens, insect pests and weeds infect, damage and compete with crops which could result in significant yield and income losses. Moreover, indiscriminate and overzealous use of synthetic pesticides pollutes the environment and poses health hazards.
Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto, Director of the Institute for Climate Change and Environmental Management (ICCEM) of the Central Luzon State University (CLSU), will lead this three-year project which aims to develop botanical pesticides from indigenous plants in select forest ecosystems in Central Luzon. The botanical pesticides will target fungal pathogens of onion (Colletotrichum gloeosporioides, Gibberella moniliformis, Botrytis cinerea and Aspergillus niger), eggplant (Phytophthora infestans) and tomato (C. gloeosporioides, Alternaria solani and P. infestans), as well as insect pests of onion particularly the armyworm and leaf miner, and green herbicides against Echinochloa sp. and Cyperus sp.
This is the second phase of the previous project titled “Molecular Identification and Green Technology Development of High Value Plants in Central Luzon” under the Program “Integrated Research and Development Program on Biodiversity Assessment and Conservation of Selected Forest Ecosystems in Central Luzon” which was also funded by PCAARRD and was spearheaded by Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto.
~ Ronel Ruñez