Monday, June 18, 2018

The New Plant Pest Clinic of IWEP

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 The Plant Pest Clinic as the banner extension project of the IWEP is concerned with increased crop protection and pest management services to its clients.

The PPC offers  the following major services:  accurate diagnostic and control recommendation to farmers, gardeners, and plant hobbyists; crop protection services to private/corporate farms and academic community through: pest identification and management and consultations and other related services such as  fungal, bacterial and  nematode analyses.   Historically, the PPC started in 1982 and since then has been offering these services.       

 

Sending and Identification Procedure:

How to send weed pest:

  • Collect weed specimens that include the leaves, stems, flowers, pods or fruiting bodies, asexual reproductive parts, and parts of the underground system e.g. rhizomes, bulbs.
  • If the weed samples are fresh specimens, they should be placed in plastic bags secured with rubber bands or strings to prevent wilting.
  • To facilitate the correct identification of the weed specimens, they should be brought fresh and should be received not later than three (3) days after collection.
  • Growers or farmers are encouraged to hand carry weed specimens to the Plant Pest Clinic.
  • Weed specimens brought or sent by mail for identification should be properly collected, pressed and dried so that they will arrive in good condition.

How to send plant disease specimen:

  • Fresh specimens and soil samples should be received at the  Clinic not more than two (2) days after collection.
  • Do not send fresh leaf, stem, flower or any perishable specimen by mail. Otherwise, they may arrive at the Pest Clinic in a condition which would not permit proper diagnosis.
  • Press-dried leaf specimens may be sent by mail while preserved specimens in glass jars can be  hand carried;  these specimens may be surface mailed if properly packed
  • ·Specimens sent through the farmers’ growers’ representatives (i.e., agricultural technicians or though mail, should be accompanied by a duly accomplished information sheet.
  • If access to social media account is possible, send (clear) picture of pest, disease, weed or bacteria at . The administrator of the site will assist you to find the appropriate researcher/scientist for the problem.

   

img7The need to improve and revitalize:

     In its effort to revitalize the existing health clinic, IWEP  is trying to find new ways to make the PPC a nationwide technical service.  In realizing this, the PPC team has come up with the following:

  •    Currently,  a database program on plant pests and diseases is being developed to be able to encode and store information gathered from clients.
  • A one-stop shop on crop protection products and services will soon be offered through the Plant Health Clinic and the National Crop Protection Center.  The permanent site of the clinic will be at NCPC.
  • To cope up with the fast paced technology, a PPC on line diagnostics is being conceptualized by the IWEP extension services section.  

 

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The Crop Protection Cluster (CPC), the Instruction Committee (in partnership with the academic organizations of the cluster) conducted the “FOOD PESTival 2016” last April 18 at the CPC lecture hall and Wing A lobby, Biological Sciences Bldg., UPLB.

This one-day gastronomic event was aimed to showcase the unity and diversity of the cluster through foods especially made by students taking up Crop Protection 2 (Pest Management) for second semester, AY 2015- 2016.

Also, by preparing and featuring recipes from not so common, underappreciated and so called “exotic” ingredients like insects, microbes and weed plant species, the “FOOD PESTival” served as an appreciation and awareness activity - that even the organisms called pests can be transformed into delicious and nutritious foods. (text and photos: Ruby G. dela Cruz)

Some of the exotic foods prepared by CPC students.

Pestival

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Dr. Luis Rey I. Velasco and Dr. Celia dR. Medina, both faculties and researchers of IWEP were recently conferred the title, Scientist 1 by the University of the Philippines.  Dr. Velasco was former UPLB Chancellor while Dr. Medina was former Director.