• PhilRice wins big in scientific conference

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    Eight teams from the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) won awards in the 47th Federa-tion of Crop Science Societies of the Philippines (FCSSP) Scientific Conference held recently in Ilo- ilo City.

    The PhilRice Rainfed Lowland/Stress Environment Rice Breeding and Variety Development Team received the CSSP Achievement Award in technology development.

    Led by its principal breeder Nenita Desamero, the team was recognized for its contributions in developing high-yielding, pest-resistant, and good-quality breeding lines for rainfed lowland ecosystem and stress-prone environments.

    For the poster competition, the study “Physicochemical Characteristics, Functional Properties, and Storage Quality of Flours from Philippine Rice Wine [Tapuy] Lees” by Rosaly Manaois and Amelia Morales won first place in the postharvest handling, processing, utilization, health and nutrition category.

    The tapuy lees flours (TLF) were assessed for their proximate composition, amino acid content, functional property and storage quality. Results of the study indicate TLF could be explored for various food or feed applications.

    The project titled “Initiative Towards Building Self-reliant Rice Farm Households and Communities” by Ofelia Malonzo, Christian Camacho, Mark Angelo Abando, Marvin Manalang, Ruben Miranda, Alimar Briana, Teresa Aurea Ragudos and Marcelo Nicomedes Castillo won first place in the technology extension and socioeconomics category for the poster competition.

    This development initiative capacitated beneficiaries on agriculture particularly on rice production, organic farming, and livestock production. The participants engaged in various entrepreneurial activities and formed their own farmers’ associations.

    Below is the list of other winners for the poster competition: Crop Physiology and crop production management category—“Pollen Banking for Synchronized Pollination: Strategy to Increase Seed Yield of Mestiso 19 Rice” by Alpha Grace Ferriol, Susan Brena and Richie Eve Ragas (third place); Plant breeding and genetics category—“Conservation and Evaluation of Traditional Rice Varieties in Northeast Luzon” by Jerome Galapon and Anna Theresa Isabel Rebong (third place); Postharvest handling, processing, utilization, health and nutrition category —“Healthier Red and Black Rice: Not Your Ordinary Staple Food” by Marissa Romero, Gerome Corpuz and Henry Mamucod (third place); “Development and Evaluation of Gamma Aminobutyric Acid (gaba)-rich rice from Selected Philippine Cultivars” by Rodel Bulatao, Maricar Castillo, Roxanne Bulatao, Rosalie Rafael and Marissa Romero (second place); Technology extension and socioeconomics category—and “Engaging and Strengthening the Roles of Strategic Partners in Rice Extension” by Ev Angeles, Karen Eloisa Barroga, Benedict Pamatmat, Lea Abaoag, Irene Tanzo, Hazel Joy Altamarino and Sharen Rivas (third place).

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