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.