CLSU-ICCEM research team bags the Best Paper Award

CLSU-ICCEM research team bags the Best Paper Award

 

      

CLSU-ICCEM Research Team (L to R), Romnick Tagaca, Miguelito Isip, Dr. Ronaldo Alberto (Project Leader) and Ariel Biagtan, receives the Best Paper Award.

CLSU-ICCEM Research Team (L to R), Romnick Tagaca, Miguelito Isip, Dr. Ronaldo Alberto (Project Leader) and Ariel Biagtan, receives the Best Paper Award.       

         ICCEM research team, led by Dr. Ronaldo Alberto, bagged the “Best Paper Award” in the 51st Pest Management Council of the Philippines Anniversary and Annual Scientific Conference at Coron  Westown Resort, Coron, Palawan last July 2-5, 2019.

        The paper titled, “Disease Risk Map of Anthracnose-Twister of Onion based on Previous Disease Locations as a Future Predictors” was part of the DOST and PCAARRD-funded project, Surveillance, Detection and Mapping of Leaf Miner and Anthracnose-Twister Disease of Onion and Garlic in Nueva Ecija. Members of the research team also include Mr. Miguelito Isip, the paper presenter, Mr. Ariel Biagtan and Engr. Romnick Tagaca

         Forty (40) papers were evaluated and presented under the Philippine Phytopathological Society Inc. category during the conference to determine the three shortlisted papers. Nueva Vizcaya State University (NVSU) and Bicol University (BU) joined CLSU as qualifiers.

         Another research group of Dr. Alberto, composed of Ms. Karla Trisha Alejandro, Mr. Kevin Christian Manipon and Engr. Romnick Tagaca presented the paper titled, “Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) and Pix4D Mapper in Monitoring and Mapping of Armyworm Infested Onion Areas in Bongabon, Nueva Ecija” under the Philippine Association of Entomologists, Inc. The paper was chosen as one of the finalists for best paper award.

Meanwhile, Mr. Jeremy Rivera, a graduate of B.S. in Agriculture, under the advisory of Dr. Ronaldo Alberto, triumphed as the PMCP-LeadsAgri Best Undergraduate Thesis Award in Plant Pathology for 2019 for his paper titled, “Extraction of Onion Fields Infected by Anthracnose-Twister Disease in Selected Municipalities in Nueva Ecija Using UAV Imageries and Object Based Image Analysis.”

All the papers, according to Dr. Alberto, ultimately aim to prevent crop damages and losses in Nueva Ecija and hopefully, in the entire Philippines.

PCAARRD grants P5M for Biotechnology Laboratory Upgrade to ICCEM

PCAARRD grants P5M for Biotechnology Laboratory Upgrade to ICCEM

PCAARRD grants P5M for Biotechnology Laboratory Upgrade to ICCEM

The Institute for Climate Change and Environmental Management (ICCEM) received a P5M fund for the proposed improvement of its Biotechnology Laboratory from DOST-PCAARRD Facilities Development Assistance.

The project was presented to DOST-PCAARRD on its 5th regular Director’s Council (DC) meeting on May 21, 2019 to assist in the upgrading of the laboratory through the acquisition of new equipment that will facilitate the implementation of the on-going project titled, “Development of Botanical Pesticides from Indigenous Plants in Selected Forest Ecosystems in Central Luzon”, funded by the same agency.

The project entails acquisition of new equipment such as, recycling HPLC, UV-Vis, incubator, laminar flow hood, vacuum oven, analytical balance, orbital shaker and plant growth chamber. This set of laboratory equipment will be able to detect the phytochemical components and chemical   compounds   of the indigenous plants responsible in the pesticidal properties of these plants, mass production of explants, modern media preparation and maintaining a sterile environment and standard laboratory practices.

Advantages obtained out of this project will far outweigh the investment of the government in the long run as this can stop damages caused by pests and disease in our crops value millions and uncountable pesos annually and at the same time reduced chemical and mycotoxin contamination in our food through the application of natural pesticides derived from indigenous plants. Further, food safety is achieved thereby increasing our competitiveness in the international market.

–EPBulaong

ICCEM conducts LCCAP Formulation Training-Workshop of Palayan City

ICCEM conducts LCCAP Formulation Training-Workshop of Palayan City
  • The Palayan City LCCAP Core Team and the CLSU faculty and staff
  • The Palayan City LCCAP Core Team and the CLSU faculty and staff
  • The Palayan City LCCAP Core Team and the CLSU faculty and staff
  • The Palayan City LCCAP Core Team and the CLSU faculty and staff
  • The Palayan City LCCAP Core Team and the CLSU faculty and staff
  • The Palayan City LCCAP Core Team and the CLSU faculty and staff
  • The Palayan City LCCAP Core Team and the CLSU faculty and staff
  • The Palayan City LCCAP Core Team and the CLSU faculty and staff
  • The Palayan City LCCAP Core Team and the CLSU faculty and staff
  • The Palayan City LCCAP Core Team and the CLSU faculty and staff
  • The Palayan City LCCAP Core Team and the CLSU faculty and staff
  • The Palayan City LCCAP Core Team and the CLSU faculty and staff
  • The Palayan City LCCAP Core Team and the CLSU faculty and staff
  • The Palayan City LCCAP Core Team and the CLSU faculty and staff
  • The Palayan City LCCAP Core Team and the CLSU faculty and staff
  • The Palayan City LCCAP Core Team and the CLSU faculty and staff

                 The Institute for Climate Change and Environmental Management conducted a 10-day training workshop on the Formulation of Enhanced Local Climate Change Action Plan (LCCAP) last March 18-22 and March 25-29, 2019. It was attended by the planning core team of the local government unit of Palayan City, Nueva Ecija with a total number of 27 participants. On Day 1, participants were welcomed and inspired by Dr. Renato Reyes, Vice President for Academic Affairs. Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto, ICCEM Director, enlightened the participants on the science of climate change and its impacts on agriculture, forest, urban, freshwater and marine ecosystems. She also discussed the adaptation and mitigation strategies to cope with climate change. The participants were oriented by Dr. Gella Patria Abella on the importance of integrating the LCCAP in the Comprehensive Land Use Plan. Days 2 and 3 were devoted to geographic information system (GIS) training, a basic tool in any planning activity, spearheaded by Engr. Eliza Camaso.

                 The planning core team eagerly participated and cooperated in the various activities necessary to formulate an LCCAP by going through the four (4) modules on Days 4 to 9: Module A: Getting Ready for LCCAP Formulation; Module B: Data Gathering, Assessment and Analysis; Module C: Planning, Prioritizing, and Budgeting; and Module D: Monitoring, Evaluating, Adjusting and Modifying. Greenhouse Gas Inventory, the additional feature of the enhanced LCCAP, was imparted by Mr. Edmark P. Bulaong. Other than the ICCEM faculty and staff mentioned, the training-workshop was facilitated by Mr. Hans Emmanuel de Guzman, Mr. Miguelito Isip and Mr. Cristopher Genaro.

                 On Day 10, representatives from each sector presented their draft plan. The training-workshop was made possible through the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office and City Planning and Development Office, headed by Mr. Ferdinand Hidalgo and Engr. Margarita Angeles.

 

-GPLA

 

PCAAARD Grants P4.9M Botanical Pesticide Project to ICCEM

The inception meeting was attended by PCAAARD representatives, Dr. Nimfa K. Torreta, ISP Manager for Biodiversity and Dr. Leila C. America, FERD Director, CLSU administration headed by Dr. Tereso Abella and ICCEM personnel, Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto, Project Leader, Dr. Ronaldo  Alberto and Mr. Edmark Bulaong, Project Staffs, and Mr. Ronel B. Runes, Ms. Maria Angella Tolentino, Science Research Assistants.

The inception meeting was attended by PCAAARD representatives, Dr. Nimfa K. Torreta, ISP Manager for Biodiversity and Dr. Leila C. America, FERD Director, CLSU administration headed by Dr. Tereso Abella and ICCEM personnel, Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto, Project Leader, Dr. Ronaldo Alberto and Mr. Edmark Bulaong, Project Staffs, and Mr. Ronel B. Runes, Ms. Maria Angella Tolentino, Science Research Assistants.

     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

CHEd Grants Php15M DARE TO Project to ICCEM

     Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) awarded Discovery-Applied Research and Extension for Trans/Inter-disciplinary Opportunities (DARE TO) Research Grant to ICCEM worth Php 14,997,759.60. The program, under the leadership of Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto, is titled, “Coastal Resource Management integrating Coastal Resource Assessment and Valuation, Carrying Capacity, Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Assessment in the Province of Zambales: (CRMinC3DZ) A  Systems Approach. The study covers coastal barangays of four municipalities of the province of Zambales, thirteen (13) from Palauig, ten (10) from Masinloc, eight (8) Candelaria and eleven (11) from Sta. Cruz. Having five (5) project components, namely: (1) Bio-physical Assessment, Socio-economic Assessment Carrying Capacity and Economic Valuation; (2) Disaster Risk Assessment; (3) Assessment of Climate Change Adaptation Strategies; (4) Coastal Resource Management using Gurobi software; and (5) IEC Production, Promotion and Technology Transfer, the program  commences this July 2018 and will end in June 2020.

Project leaders and staff of CRMinC3DZ received Certificates of Commendation from CLSU officials for enhancing the R&D capability of the University.

Project leaders and staff of CRMinC3DZ received Certificates of Commendation from CLSU officials for enhancing the R&D capability of the University.

     Dr. Alberto leads Projects 1 and 5 and is working with Dr. Judith Teaño, Ms. Shirly Serrano, Prof. Roberto Pelayo, Ms. Diane Shiela Castillo, Prof. Oliva Parico, and Prof. Alvin Reyes. Dr. Rowena Sazon and Mr. Randy Balaoing are project staff coming from the Partner HEI, President Ramon Magsaysay State University (PRMSU). Ms. Ma. Johanna de Dios, Ms. Roann Alberto and Dr. Gella Patria Abella head Projects 2, 3 and 4, respectively.

DOST-GIA and PCAARRD grant Php 10-M project to ICCEM

     The Php 10M worth project titled, Surveillance, Detection and Mapping of Leaf Miner and Anthracnose -Twister Disease of Onion and Garlic in Nueva Ecija, was granted by DOST-GIA and PCAARRD to ICCEM. “The main objective of the study is to detect early and monitor leaf miner and anthracnose-twister of onion and garlic thereby preventing crop damages and losses”. The project will be led by Dr. Ronaldo Alberto. The study specifically aims to detect, monitor and manage leaf miner and anthracnose-twister disease of onion and garlic in Nueva Ecija; generate updated topographic base maps showing spatial distribution of the different crops, leaf miner and anthracnose-twister disease infected areas; produce biomass maps which can be used to predict final yield; and mainstream the developed system for detection, monitoring and prevention in collaboration with the Regional Crop Protection Center-III and LGUs of Nueva Ecija.

Mr. Miguelito Isip and Mr. Ariel Biagtan, Science Research Specialists, will be working with Dr. Alberto. The said project will commence in August 2018 and is expected to end in November 2020.

ICCEM to participate in the upcoming 36th Asian Conference on Remote Sensing

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The LiDAR 1 and LiDAR 2 research teams of the Institute for Climate Change and Environmental Management will be participating in the 36th Asian Conference on Remote Sensing (ACRS 2015), which will take place on October 19-23, 2015 at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines. Four selected papers are to bring insights into the challenges and opportunities of Remote Sensing and related geospatial technologies in building resiliency and encouraging economic growth and development in Asia with the theme “Fostering Resilient Growth in Asia”. Three of the research paper are funded by DOST and one paper was funded by PCAARRD, DOST.

The following are the papers to be presented:

a.“Generation of Land Cover Classification Map From Lidar and Aerial Image Using Object Based Image Analysis and Flood Susceptibility Assessment of Agricultural Areas” by R. T. Alberto, S. C. Serrano, G. B. Damian, E. E. Camaso, A. R. Biagtan, M. F. Isip, K. M Orge, M.J. C. Quinto, and R. C. Tagaca of Phil-LiDAR 2 – Region 3 and Pangasinan. b.“Geographic Information System-Assisted Flood Hazard Mapping of Bucao and Santo Tomas River Watershed” by A. M. Paz-Alberto, B. P. Pueyo, N. L. Salvador, J. T. Gavino, E. V. Raneses Jr., and  C. R. Genaro; c.“Remote Sensing Application of the Geophysical Changes in the Coastlines and Rivers of Zambales, Philippines” by A. M. Paz-Alberto, M. A. Pakaigue, M. J. M. Sison, and E. P. Bulaong; and d.“Community-Based Watershed Monitoring System For Biodiversity Conservation” by N. L. Salvador, M. Cinense, A. Espino and A. M. Paz-Alberto.

IEC and Technology Transfer in Biodiversity Conservation and Utilization Project

IEC and Technology Transfer in Biodiversity Conservation and Utilization Project

The project IEC and Technology Transfer in Biodiversity Conservation and Utilization under the program “Integrated Research and Development Program on Biodiversity Assessment and Conservation of Selected Forest Ecosystems in Central Luzon” funded by PCAARRD-DOST  were developed audio-visual presentations entitled “Video on Flora in Selected Forest Ecosystems of Central Luzon” and “Video on Fauna in Selected Forest Ecosystems of Central Luzon”. The audio-visual presentations shows the flora and fauna surveyed in Carranglan Watershed, Baler Forest Reserve, Dibut River Watershed and Bataan Natural Park, especially those organisms listed in the International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN Red List of 2014) for their conservation status. Moreover, the audio-visual presentation on flora and fauna were developed to create awareness on biodiversity and the importance of the different forest ecosystems found in Central Luzon and to enhance public awareness on the importance of biodiversity for better appreciation and participation in conservation programs.

 

Climate Change Center in Central Luzon Established

 

The newly established CCC at ICCEM Compound, CLSU

The newly established CCC at ICCEM Compound, CLSU

 

The Climate Change Center in Central Luzon has been constructed at the compound of the Institute for Climate Change and Environmental Management (ICCEM) of CLSU through the Institutional Development Grant

program of the Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR).

Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto, ICCEM Director and proponent, said the establishment of the Center at CLSU was purposely to develop and enhance the knowledge and skills of students, faculty and staff of the university and all sectors of the society in Central Luzon of the issues on climate change impacts, best practices on climate change adaptation and mitigation measures as well as on disaster risk reduction management.

She added that the Center includes a Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Management Digital Viewing Museum, Environmental Monitoring Laboratory, Information Management and Emergency Response Nook and Amphitheater/ Multipurpose Hall.

 

With the completion of the project, the Institute for Climate Change and Environmental Management (ICCEM) can perform and conduct its goals and objectives particularly in the conduct of research and training activities as well as for agrotourism purposes particularly in climate change and disaster risk reduction management activities in Central Luzon and nearby environs.

Moreover, the Environmental Monitoring Laboratory will serve as an important facility for the conduct of research and extension activities on climate change impacts and vulnerability assessment and analysis, life cycle assessment and pollution prevention in the various ecosystems.          

 

Likewise, the Amphitheater/Multi-Purpose Hall will serve as a venue of training/seminars and conferences being conducted by the ICCEM on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Management, Biodiversity Conservation, Environmental Management, and Integrated Coastal Resources Management.

A rooftop garden will also be developed and will serve as the one of the attractions in the Center. The Climate Change Center will be inaugurated in June, in time for the Celebration of the Philippine Environment Month.

 

ICCEM hosts a Balik Scientist Fellowship Awardee

ICCEM hosts a Balik Scientist Fellowship Awardee

Dr. Gilbert C. Sigua, a former faculty member from the College of Agriculture, CLSU, now a Research Soil Scientist at the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Coastal Plains Soil, Water and Plant Research Center in Florence, South Carolina, USA, has been awarded fellowship by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) through their “Balik Scientist Program”. Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto, Director of the Institute for Climate Change and Environmental Management (ICCEM) serves as his host faculty/scientist during his stay in the university from January 26 to February 26, 2015.

Dr. Sigua

Dr.Sigua is recognized worldwide for his work on animal agriculture and the environment and water quality management research as evidenced by his various international projects in Brazil (animal agriculture and water quality), Philippines (phytoremediation) and Japan (grass-legumes ecology). He was recently awarded with a Fellow of American Society of America. His scholarly achievements, expertise, contributions, impact, and stature among peers and scientific community have been widely recognized through numerous national and international invitations, appointments, honors, and international awards.

He was the Lead Scientist of the CRIS research project that integrates the environment, plant and animal genetic resources into a sustainable beef-cattle agro-ecosystem for the subtropical United States and assesses management practices that reduce nutrient loadings to water supplies and increase water and nutrient use efficiency. The immediate beneficiaries of his research are the forage and livestock producers in the Southern US. The general public will continue to receive an adequate supply of affordable, high quality animal protein as a result of enhanced efficiency of beef production in an environmentally sustainable environment.

While in the university, Dr.Sigua will give lectures on advances in water quality testing and sampling, impacts of animal agriculture on the environment, water and nutrient efficiency in agriculture, soil health and soil biodiversity, among others. He will also provide technical assistance in the conduct of the research project “Molecular Identification and Green Technology Development of High Valued Plants in Central Luzon”, particularly in the phytoremediation potential of high valued plants for heavy metal absorption.This project is being funded by the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) and it is one of the components of a program research “Integrated Research and Development Program on Biodiversity Assessment and Conservation of Selected Forest Ecosystems in Central Luzon” under the leadership of Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto as the Program Leader and Dr. Ronaldo T. Alberto as the Project Leader. -SCSerrano

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