News and Announcements
The Crop Protection Cluster (CPC) of the College of Agriculture (CA) coordinated the “Overseas Training Workshop on Plant Health for Trade Facilitation” from June 27 to July 15, 2016 at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB). The three-week training workshop capacitated two faculty members from the Royal University of Agriculture (RUA) in Cambodia on Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) issues and concerns on plant health and protection. It aimed to develop the participants as the focal persons of their university on Cambodian and international SPS.
As part of the training workshop activities, resource persons from UPLB and other local agencies conducted lectures and laboratory sessions. Lectures covered plant pest diagnosis and management, quarantine system, and pest surveillance. Laboratory activities were also conducted to reinforce skills on identification and detection of pests using classical and molecular techniques. Visits to flower farm, Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standards (BAFS), Bureau of Plant Industry – Post-Entry Quarantine Service (BPI-PEQS), and Regional Crop Protection Center (RCPC) IV exposed the trainees to farm production, quarantine standards, and pest surveillance in the Philippines.
At the end of the training workshop, the trainees developed their SPS action plan on plant health and protection.
The training team was composed of CPC staff with Dr. Teresita U. Dalisay, CPC Director, as the coordinator. Other members of the training team were Dr. Bonifacio F. Cayabyab, Dr. Gil L. Magsino, Ms. Melissa P. Montecalvo, Mr. Gideon Aries S. Burgonio, Ms. Evangeline T. Malenab, Ms. Majella M. Magallona, and Ms. Elvie O. Cuerdo.
Concurrent specialized training workshop on Animal Health and Food Safety were also hosted by the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) and College of Human Ecology (CHE) of UPLB, respectively.
This specialized training workshop was requested by the Ministry of Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) of Cambodia.
By: Dr. Teresita U. Dalisay and Ms. Melissa P. Montecalvo
The registration of organic bio-control agents (BCA) producers for their products requires testing of its efficacy through scientific field trials to support claims on the label for effectiveness, and legally and commercially market their products. With the implementation of the Organic Agriculture Act of 2010 (RA 10068), mandating the Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standards (BAFS) to be in-charge of the registration of all organic input producers, it hereby necessitates BAFS to have their own officially accredited organic agriculture researchers, specifically BCA.
The seminar workshop, held at the Hotel Tavern, Surigao City, Surigao del Norte
From 12-16 September, is aimed to facilitate transportability of efficacy data and provide uniform, simplified format with built-in advantages in record keeping, reporting of results and evaluation of data. It will also serve as a guide to researchers and registrants in adhering with the principles of validity, randomness and lack of experimental bias rather than to any rigid set of requirements.
The 4th batch of the Organic Agriculture Seminar Workshop for Researchers Participants
The seminar workshop was participated in by 11 participants from JOCANIMA Corp., TADECO Inc., DA-CARAGA, AKTIV Multi Trading, Lapanday Foods Corp., COAFC, Bislig and MARSMAN.
Most of these participants came from the private sector including BCA handlers and applicators, specifically of plantation crops as their specialization.
The first part of the event (13 September 2016) was the presentations of the Revised Philippine National Standards (PNS) on Organic Agriculture, Bio-control Agents (BCA) and the registration guidelines and procedures followed by an open forum after each presentation. Comments were raised specifically on the application of Organic Certificate from DA-BAFS Accredited Organic Certifying Bodies (OCB). Other concerns were whether BAFS requires the bio-efficacy trials to be conducted for BCA solely in organic farms.
The second part (14 September 2016) were lectures on sample protocol formulation on the different kinds of target crops and pest/s using BCA by BAFS TWG who served as resource persons. The presentations were patterned after the formulated module entitled, ‘Seminar-Workshop for Organic Agriculture Researchers: Requirements in the Conduct of Efficacy Tests for Organic Bio-Control Agents (BCA).
The New Plant Pest Clinic of IWEP
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.
The 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.
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.