Dr. Ronaldo T. Alberto represented the country in the 18th International Plant Protection Congress (IPPC) at the Free University of Berlin, Germany. The event was aimed to unite all stakeholders all over the world to achieve effective and resilient plant protection strategies on pest management – an important strategy to address food security.
During the said forum, Dr. Alberto presented his paper titled “Morphological and Molecular Identification and Fungicide Sensitivity Assay of Pathogen Attacking Soursop (Guyabano)” which characterizes the plant pathogens of Soursop (Guyabano) using morphological and molecular approach and its sensitivity to different fungicides. Results of their study give due advantage to local consumers as it leads to proper management of the disease of Soursop which is becoming popular due to its medicinal properties. Other scientific advances in the field of plant protection especially on disease management of economic crops were also tackled. The new knowledge acquired and exposure of Dr. Alberto to recent technologies is an advantage to the country as most of technologies presented in the congress can be applied under local conditions.
The event was attended by 1,236 participants from over 95 countries worldwide. It was organized by International Association for the Plant Protection Sciences (IAAPS) headed by Falco Fedmann, the IPPC Managing Director. He addressed the delegates saying that food security is one of the biggest global challenges of the 21st century due to continuous growing population in which plant protection will play a crucial role. The United Nations estimated that the global population would reach 9 billion by 2050.
Dr. Alberto, Professor VI of the Department of Crop Protection, College of Agriculture is also currently the Project Leader of DOST funded Phil-LiDAR 2 (Light Detection and Ranging) at the Institute for Climate Change and Environmental Management in Central Luzon State University, Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija.