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Strengthening local macadamia production in Luzon through R&D

The Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR) and the DA-Bureau of Plant Industry-Baguio National Crop Research Development and Production Support Center (BPI-BNCRDPSC) are working together on a research and development project that will help develop and promote the commercial production of macadamia in Luzon. The project, “Macadamia Conservation, Propagation and Commercialization in Luzon,” targets [&hellip

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Dyes from Philippine Plants

Dyeing using different plants has been a traditional practice. However, with the invention of artificial dyes and modern dyeing practices, such use of dyes from plants was soon abandoned. There are many Philippine plants which are good source of dyes – either bark or wood. There are plants which are naturally rich in tannic acid [&hellip

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Seed Production of Upo

Upo or bottle gourd belongs to the family CuCurbitaceae and is adapted to the dry tropics. Optimum temperature for good growth ranges 18 degree Celsius to 24 degree Celsius. It can be seed produced anytime of the year as long as water is available. Upo is a short day plant, a cool and long nights [&hellip

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Rubber Tree Production Guide

The natural rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis) is a native of South America introduced to Southeast Asia during the 19th century. Rubber trees can grow to a height of 18 to 39 meters and they grow best in warm and moist climate ranging from 70-95 Fahrenheit or 21-35 Centigrade with an annual rainfall of 80-120 inches [&hellip

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Sugar Apple Production Guide

The Sugar Apple (Annona squamosa L.) or atis in Filipino is a small deciduous tree that reaches a height of about 15 to 20 ft (4.6-6.1 m) and spread. Sugar apples are a common fruit tree in the home landscape throughout the tropics. Its leaves are dull, pale green, hairy when young but smooth at [&hellip

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VERMICULITE: The mineral wonder in urban gardening

High-rise condominiums, studio-type apartments, huge commercial establishments, train-like structures of slum areas— these are the common views all over the metro. Indeed, urbanization has invaded most of our cities which brought out numerous problems. One is improper solid waste disposal, which becomes an environmental threat for us Filipinos due to the previous calamities that caused [&hellip

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Somatic embryogenesis, a promising technology to mass propagate coconut

A promising technology in coconut mass propagation is currently being tested and evaluated in the country by a group of researchers from the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), University of the Philippines (UP), Bicol University (BU), and Visayas State University (VSU). The coconut somatic embryogenesis technology (Cset) project funded by the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine [&hellip

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Ensuring rubber’s high yield through DNA fingerprinting and analysis

Researchers from the University of Southern Mindanao (USM) conducted a study to validate the varietal integrity of the country’s promising rubber clones. The study became imperative as the Philippines gears up to increase the yield of rubber by 60% (from 1.2 mt/ha to 1.92 mt/ha in 2020) to meet projected increase in demand in the [&hellip

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Ilocos garlic growers to market garlic to Jollibee, Splash Foods at 13.5 tons per month

Ilocos garlic growers are optimistic of the prospects of the garlic industry as they are about to market peeled and powdered garlic to Jollibee and Splash Foods Corp at 13.5 metric tons (MT) per month. The Sinait Garlic Center of the North Producers Cooperative (SGC-NPC) in Ilocos Sur is set to start its sale of [&hellip

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