Authors El Shaira A. Labargan, Riza G. Abilgos-Ramos, and Aurora M. Corales (left to right) receive the best poster award for “Empowering rice-based farm communities towards a sustainable enterprise”.

PhilRice studies were recognized during the 25th Federation of Crop Science Societies of the Philippines (FCSSP) and 1st Federation of Plant Science Associations of the Philippines (FPSAP) scientific conference and 27th Asian-Pacific Weed Science Society (APWSS) Conference this September.

Four teams were awarded best posters in the FCSSP/FPSAP conference. The study, titled, “Binhing Palay: Philippine modern rice variety catalogue app,” and “Empowering rice-based farm communities towards a sustainable enterprise: The case of Pinagbuklod Coop in Zaragosa, Nueva Ecija” won under the Technology Development and Commercialization category.

The Binhing Palay App, already downloadable from Google Play Store, by Nehemiah L. Caballong and Paul Austian A. Alday, features a catalogue of all released rice varieties in the Philippines.

“Empowering rice-based farm communities towards a sustainable enterprise” focused on adding value to rice and other rice-based commodities to increase the income of rice-based farm households. The poster was authored by Riza G. Abilgos-Ramos, Josefina F. Ballesteros, El Shaira A. Labargan, Rogerine B. Miguel, Alice B. Mataia, and Aurora M. Corales.

The poster, “Why farmers continue to plant unclassified rice lines?,” which examines farmers’ use of unknown varieties, authored by Marissa V. Romero, Gerome A. Corpuz, Rochelle C. Huliganga, and Henry F. Mamucod, won under the Crop Production Management/Protection.

“Rice malt and soy beverage: A non-dairy health drink for children,” which formulated a ready-to-drink malted rice beverage enriched with soymilk topped the Crop Physiology and Biochemistry/Postharvest Handling, Processing and Utilization/Health and Nutrition category.  Riza G. Abilgo-Ramos, El Shaira A. Labargan, Jolina F. Dasalla, Gwendilyn Ramirez, Carla G. Valderama, and Alma A. De Leon worked in the study.

Meanwhile, “Plasticity of lowland ecotype Cyperus rotundus l. in response to flooding, burying, and clipping interventionsgarnered best poster award in APWSS conference.Co-authored by Dindo King Donayre, Jobelle Bruno, Jessica Joyce Jimenez, Edwin Martin, the study explores possible management interventions on the emergence of the world’s worst weed, locally known as mutha, in irrigated lowland rice production.

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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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