P7.9M-ICCEM Project Commences

Dr. Ronaldo T. Alberto, project leader of “Molecular Identification and Green Technology Development of High Valued Plants in Central Luzon”, has received almost half of the P7.3M funding from the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD), Department of Science and Technology for the project implementation.

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The project is one of the researches (Project 2) under the “Integrated Research and Development Program on Biodiversity Assessment of Selected Forest Ecosystems in Central Luzon” with Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto, director of Institute for Climate Change and Environmental Management (ICCEM), as program leader.

The project aims to (1) identify the molecular markers of high valued plants and the specific gene for medicinal, pesticidal and phytoremediation properties, (2) to test the plants for antimicrobial properties, herbicidal properties, phytochemical components, and phytoremediation potential, and (3) to recommend plant species that can be conserved for their potential economic values.

To help realize these objectives, the Biodiversity Molecular Laboratory was constructed beside the Agrobiodiversity Museum, ICCEM as one of the components of the P2M Biodiversity Center which was funded by the Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Agricultural Research.

Moreover, the laboratory was also enhanced by additional equipment amounting to P600,000.00 thru another grant from PCAARRD.

Dr. Alberto, together with his staff, started working last June 1 and is expected to finish the research by May 2015.

Section: News
Category: Academic
Date: 2012-29-06 10:14:01
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