AgriBusiness Archive

Coconut Embryo Culture for the Propagation of Macapuno Seedlings

The coconut embryo culture technology is now being successfully applied in the rescue of Makapuno embryos. The Makapuno embryo does not develop normally because the endosperm, which supports the germination of the embryo, is abnormal and rots when the nut matures. The embryo culture technique is the only means known to germinate the Makapuno embryo to produce a pure bearing Makapuno palm. Successfully grown Makapuno palms […]

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Wheatgrass Production Guide

Wheatgrass, the young grass of the wheat plant that is sprouted from wheat grains, is fast becoming popular in the Philippines because of its many health benefits and curative properties. It is considered as a superfood and a wonder medicine that can cure or prevent various health problems. Wheatgrass is comparable to even the most […]

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Bamboo: Today’s alternative to timber

Bending towards farmers’ success. The Philippines is fortunate to have bamboo growing abundantly almost everywhere. While this plant is available outright in every community, science and technology can further enhance the growth performance and ensure the sustainability of supply of this material, which is aptly considered as timber alternative. The Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic […]

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Calauag’s Saba better and healthier with vermicomposting

Calauag, a municipality located in eastern Quezon, rears an abundance of coconut that covers more than 22,000 hectares. With the predominance of coconut in town comes the rising of yet another high-value crop, saba. Aside from being the largest fruit awardee, the saba variety grown in Calauag possesses a quality that is decidedly comparable to […]

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The Wonders of Pili Oil

With Pili as its Tree of Hope, Bicol region also takes pride of its PILI OIL, known for its distinct characteristics and various applications. Indeed, pili oil production is an emerging technology that could uplift not only the agriculture sector of the region but also as a source of livelihood. Pili pulp oil is clear […]

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Makapuno Embryo Culture Technology: Utilization for Accelerated Makapuno Production

The Makapuno embryo culture technology was developed by the late Dr. Emerita V. de Guzman of UP Los Baños in the 1960’s. The technology was initially aimed at rescuing the Makapuno embryos which do not germinate in situ due to abnormality of the endosperm. Upon the initiative of Ms. Erlinda P. Rillo, Chief of the the Tissue Culture Division […]

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Sago Starch a Viable Alternative to Wheat Starch

DOST-TRC to Explore Cheaper Flour Substitute From Sago After a new round of oil price increases, news of cheaper pandesal from locally abundant flour alternative is a welcome respite. This was the report of Dennis Cunanan, Director General of the DOST’s Technology Resource Center, after conferring with the officials of DOST Region XI, DOST’s PCIERRD […]

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Quality Protein Maize (QPM): A high-protein corn for swine and poultry

Yellow corn plays a vital role in animal nutrition. It is one of the most important feed grains in feed milling and accounts for 50-60% of the total mixed feed ration. About 90 percent of yellow corn produced is used as feed for swine and poultry. It is a primary source of energy supplement and […]

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Mass producing the fragrant Kamuning

Kamuning or Murraya paniculata is a small tree that is famous for its fragrant white flowers that smell like jasmine. Native to Southeast Asia, China and the Malay peninsula, kamuningor Orange Jasmine has pear-shaped leaflets that are dark green and glossy. After each blooming period, its white blossoms turn into orange and scarlet fruits. Before, […]

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How to Grow Ubi (Yam)

Ubi (Dioscorea alata L.) or yam is a vine which produces both aerial tubers called bulbils and underground tubers or roots. The bulbils weighing a few grams and to over a kilogram come out from the leaf axils three (3) months after planting. The underground tubers weighing one to six kilograms can be harvested six […]

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10 Philippine Herbal Medicines Approved By DOH

Here are the ten (10) Philippine medicinal plants that the Philippine Department of Health (DOH) through its “Traditional Health Program” have endorsed. All ten (10) herbs have been thoroughly tested and have been clinically proven to have medicinal value in the relief and treatment of various aliments:

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Hydroponics finds its way into backyards

You may be living in the middle of the metropolis with only a few square meters of space for a backyard or none at all, but this shouldn’t keep you from having your own vegetable “farm.” The technology that allows for this possibility is the Simple Nutrient Addition Program, or SNAP hydroponics. Soiless farming Hydroponics […]

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