PhilRice-CSSPEight research teams of PhilRice won awards in the 47th Federation of Crop Science Societies of the Philippines (FCSSP) Scientific Conference held in Iloilo City, June 13-16.

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 Dr. Nenita Desamero, the team was recognized for their 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 V. Manaois and Amelia V. 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 that 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 C. Malonzo, Christian T. Camacho, Mark Angelo Abando, Marvin Manalang, Ruben Miranda, Alimar B. Briana, Teresa Aurea L. Ragudos, and Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo won first place in the technology extension and socioeconomic s category for the poster competition.

This development initiative capacitated 4Ps 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 to increase seed yield of Mestiso 19 rice by Alpha Grace S. Ferriol, Susan R. Brena,, and Richie Eve Ragas (3rd place)


Plant breeding and genetics category

Conservation and evaluation of traditional rice varieties in Northeast Luzon by Jerome Galapon and Anna Theresa Isabel Rebong (3rd place)


Postharvest handling, processing, utilization, health and nutrition category

Healthier red and black rice: not your ordinary staple food by Marissa V. Romero, Gerome A. Corpuz, and Henry Mamucod (3rd place)

Development and evaluation of gamma aminobutyric acid (gaba)-rich rice from selected Philippine cultivars by Rodel M. Bulatao, Maricar B. Castillo, Roxanne M. Bulatao, Rosalie R. Rafael, and Marissa V. Romero (2nd place)


Technology extension and socioeconomics category

Engaging and strengthening the roles of strategic partners in rice extension by Ev Angeles, Karen Eloisa Barroga, Benedict Pamatmat, Lea dR. Abaoag, Irene Tanzo, Hazel Joy Altamarino, and Sharen Rivas (3rd place)

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Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) is a government corporate entity attached to the Department of Agriculture created through Executive Order 1061 on 5 November 1985 (as amended) to help develop high-yielding and cost-reducing technologies so farmers can produce enough rice for all Filipinos.

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