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Crop Biotech Update

Training Enlightens Phil Govt Research Agency Officials on Biotechnology

August 13, 2014

Regional Agriculture and Fisheries Council officials and Executive Directors are learning about biotechnology in the on-going Biotechnology 101: Basic Biotechnology Tools for Crop/Animal Improvement. The training course is being held from August 12 to 14, 2014 at the Philippine Rice Research Institute(PhilRice) in the Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija, Philippines.

PhilRice Executive Director Dr. Eufemio Rasco, in his opening remarks, emphasized the participants' key role in disseminating beneficial agricultural technologies and the importance of science-based knowledge in decision-making.

The course involves lectures on biotech crop adoption and impact, DNA technology, biosafety regulation and food and environmental safety of biotech crops, as well as laboratory demonstrations and hands-on exercises. Science communication will also be discussed, and participants will visit the biotech facilities of the Philippine Carabao Center.

The seminar was organized by ISAAA, the Philippine Department of Agriculture Biotechnology Program Office, SEARCA BIC and PhilRice. For more information about biotechnology developments in the Philippines, please visit the SEARCA BIC's website at or send e-mail at