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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 [&hellip

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Adlai Production Guide

Unknown to many Filipinos, Adlai also called Job’s Tears (Coix lacryma-jobi L.) belongs to the family Poaceae or the grasses, the same family to which wheat, corn, and rice belong. But unlike weeds, the stem of adlai could grow from 1 to 3 meters tall (from 3 to nearly 10 feet). The grains, which come [&hellip

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Recycle Eggshells as Fertilizers

Eggshells can be used as fertilizers, cement and tile binder and paste ingredient after grinding them finely. They contain calcium, phosphorus, potassium and sulfur which makes plants robust and vigorous. Ground eggshells can also be used as a reinforcing ingredient in pastes. Mixed with starch, the sticky substance can bind paper effectively. When used as [&hellip

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Enhancing heirloom rice production with better technologies

Heirloom rice usually commands a higher price than the ordinary rice. It is prized for its exceptional cooking quality, taste, texture, color, and most importantly, nutritional value. Heirloom rice grown in the Cordilleras are much sought locally and abroad particularly by health-conscious individuals. However, what could have been a lucrative farming activity is hindered by [&hellip

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Sapinit: Philippine Wild Raspberry

Sapinit is a shrub that has prickly stem, thereby identifying it with the rose family and making it a raspberry rather than a strawberry. It reaches to a height of six feet and grows in a higher elevation of 1,000 to 2,000 feet above sea level that can be mostly found in Mt. Banahaw in [&hellip

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Why not Avocado

To this author, this pear-shaped fruit which is also rich in vitamins and minerals is a champion crop. Avocado (Persea americana) is a tree native to Central Mexico and is a commercially valuable and cultivated crop in tropical and Mediterranean-type climates throughout the world. It has a green-skinned and fleshy fruit which ripens after harvesting. [&hellip

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Invest in Sinta Papaya Production

Why invest in ‘Sinta’ papaya production? All over the world, fruits are being recognized as a healthful part of the diet. This trend makes papaya more popular than ever. Consumers value the substantial amount of beta-carotene, Vitamin A, calcium, dietary fiber, and other minerals in fresh papaya fruits. The development of ‘Sinta’ papaya is reviving [&hellip

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ADLAI: A never heard of crop that resembles, tastes like rice

While many of us have not even heard of adlai, this tall-grain bearing tropical plant from Poaceae (grass family), the same family to which wheat, corn, and rice belong, has been abundantly growing in the country and is being cultivated since ancient times as staple food. In Midsalip, Zamboanga del Sur, adlai is extensively cultivated [&hellip

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Katmon’s phytochemical constituents and biological activities studied

INDANG, CAVITE—A group of researchers from the Cavite State University (CvSU) has looked into katmon’s phytochemical constituents and  biological activities in a study. Phytochemicals, also known as phytonutrients, are chemical compounds found in plants and are beneficial to human health. In particular, the study aimed to isolate the bioactive component or secondary metabolite from the [&hellip

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Application of gene markers to improve swine productivity

Despite the increase in the overall swine farm production efficiency, the Philippines still lags behind other swine-producing countries due to poor performance, specifically in terms of reproductive traits. The failure of the local swine farms to achieve such improvement is seen as a major limiting factor for the growth of the swine industry. To increase [&hellip

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