Written by the Web Team
The Federation of Crop Science Societies of the Philippines, Inc (FCSSP) recognized researchers of the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) during the societies’ 21st Scientific Conference held in Legazpi City, May 9-14.
Dr. Flordeliza Bordey of the Socioeconomics Division, author of the paper Productivity of rice farming in the Philippines: patterns and sources, won the best paper under the socioeconomics category.
Her paper examined the sources of rice production growth in the Philippines from 1996 to 2007. Bordey said that knowing the patterns and sources of rice production growth in the recent years can provide insights on strategizing alternative ways of increasing rice production.
Jovelyn Unay of the Plant Breeding and Biotechnology Division, who presented the poster Combating bacterial blight disease in hybrid rice cultivars through pyramided resistance genes, won 3rd place in the Best Poster competition.
Her findings showed that most improved hybrids are resistant to bacterial blight. This proves, Unay said, that the resistance genes have been successfully incorporated to Mestiso 1 and Mestiso 3 parent lines.
Meanwhile, the Open Academy for Philippine Agriculture (OpAPA) received this year’s Crop Science Society of the Philippines Achievement Award in Extension in recognition of the Academy’s outstanding accomplishments in advancing the concept of e-agriculture in the Philippines, which paved the way for the effective linkage of farmers and extension workers to rice research and development centers and experts. OpAPA is led by PhilRice in partnership with the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Science and Technology, International Rice Research Institute, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, University of Southern Mindanao, Pampanga Agricultural College , Central Luzon State University, Isabela State University, University of the Philippines Open University, Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development , Advanced Science and Technology Institute , DA-Information Technology Center for Agriculture and Fisheries , Bureau Of Postharvest Research And Extension, Philippine Carabao Center, DA-Bureau of Agricultural Research, and Phil-Sino Center for Agricultural Technology.
FCSSP is composed of six societies, namely, Crop Science Society of the Philippines, Society for the Advancement of the Vegetable Industry, Philippine Fruits Association, Philippine Seed Industry Association, Philippine Association of Plant Tissue Culture and Biotechnology, and Conservation Farming Movement.