31 Aug 2021
Despite having a secondment at the Department of Agriculture, Dr. Jonar I. Yago continues to boost the citrus research and development (R&D) initiatives of the Nueva Vizcaya State University. Recently, the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development recently approved Dr. Yago’s project proposal entitled, Enhancing Biopesticide Efficacy by Myco-synthesis of Bio-Nanoparticles Mediated by Entomopathogenic Fungi (EPF) against Citrus Rind Borer (CRB) in Calamansi (Citrus × microcarpa).
This new project amounting to PhP 10,348,034.00 will develop bio-nanoparticles through myco-synthesis mediated by EPF, and will be implemented for three years starting this August 2021 to July 2024. The production of EPF is cost-effective and more sustainable than the use of synthetic chemicals. Thus, this project will offer economic benefits for citrus growers while guaranteeing safety for the environment. Furthermore, the implementation of this project will ensure facility upgrading to support academic and R&D activities of the University.
The project kicked-off through an inception meeting held on August 27, 2021 at the Research, Extension and Training (RET) Conference Hall. The meeting was participated in by officials and staff of the General Administrative and Support Services and RET Program, as well as prospective project team, who agreed to work together for an efficient and timely project implementation.