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Philippine Local Biotechnologies Showcased in Biotech Week Contest

December 3, 2010

In celebration of the 6th National Biotechnology Week, the Philippine Department of Agriculture held a contest on "Promising Agricultural Biotechnologies: A Technology Presentation Contest" to encourage public research agencies and private individuals/groups to present and promote their home-grown technologies to the public. For this contest, the best technology kiosk and best technology presenter were selected and awarded.

The winning technologies were the high yielding and bunchy-top virus-resistant abaca cultivar of the Institute of Plant Breeding, University of the Philippines Los BaƱos (UPLB) which bagged first place for both best kiosk and best presenter; the biofertilizers of the National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (BIOTECH) of UPLB followed second in both categories; the microbial rennet for cheese making (BIOTECH-UPLB) and the potential rapid detection kit for Foot-and-Mouth disease (Philippine Carabao Center) were the third placers for the best kiosk and best presenter, respectively. The other technologies in the contest were the production of sweet potato pickles by the Visayas State University and the detection kits for disease-causing food borne bacteria from BIOTECH-UPLB. The technologies were displayed in exhibit booths during the National Biotechnology Week (November 22-28) at the SM Mall of Asia.

For more information on the 6th National Biotechnology Week, visit the http://www.bic.searca.org or send an email to bic@agri.searca.org.