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The Philippine Society of Soil Science and Technology (PSST) recognized researchers of PhilRice’s Agronomy, Soils, and Plant Physiology Division (ASPPD) during its scientific conference held at Bayfront Hotel, Cebu City, May 10-12.

The study titled Isolation, characterization, and identification of plant growth-promoting Rhizobacteria  by Editha V. Evangelista won the 2nd place in the best paper award under the junior category.

Evangelista’s research focused on the ability of the lowland rice’s rhizosphere to be a good source of growth-promoting bacteria in plants. Rhizosphere is an area of soil around plant roots. Some bacteria were identified and proved to have promising plant-growth promoters after series of tests.

Under the senior category, the PhilRice-funded research titled Screening and identification of plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria and its impact on rice seedling growth by Harry Jay M. Cavite of Central Luzon State University placed 3rd for the best paper award.

Cavite’s research found that upland rice’s rhizosphere could be a good source of potential growth-promoting bacteria. The identified nitrogen-fixing bacteria were proven to be effective as plant growth-promoters.

Both studies could be used in the formulation of new microbial inoculants in agriculture.

The poster titled Is there a possibility of heavy metal contamination in the paddy soils with long term application of organic fertilizers by Annie E. Espiritu and Evelyn Javier placed 2nd in the best poster award.

The 3rd place in the best poster award was given to Josef Mikhail R. Bautista, Ronel T. Aguilar, Jayvee A. Cruz, Trinidad C. Fernando, and Ann Jhudeil C. Santos for their study titled Isolation and screening of potential nitrogen-fixing bacteria and its impact to rice seedling growth.

This year’s PSSST conference aims to strengthen collaboration and network among soil science experts and partners to boost the campaign on conservation and management of soil resources.

PSSST is a professional scientific organization that aimed at promoting the advancement of soil science and technology in the Philippines; mobilizing and encouraging soil scientists and technologists of the country to share their knowledge in the development and conservation of Philippine soils; serving as a forum for the exchange of ideas and knowledge among soil scientists; technologists, and planners; and establishing formal and non-formal information linkages with other similar organizations and institutions.

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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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