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Vol. XXV, 3rd Quarter
July to September 2007




















FPRDI studies win top STARRDECR&Dawards

Four research studies produced by the Forest Products Research and Development Institute earned top honors in the recent 20th Southern Tagalog Agriculture and Resources Research and Development Consortium (STARRDEC) symposium on R&D highlights, held at the University of Rizal system’s main campus in Tanay, Rizal last August 23-24.

Dr. Erlinda L. Mari’s study called “Paper Mill Sludge as Fiber Additive for Asphalt Road Pavement” won 1st place, while Jennifer P. Tamayo’s paper on “Scale Prevention in Boiler Feed Water Using Cashew Nut Shell Liquid Biopolymer” took the 2nd place in the research category.

Dr. Carlos M. Garcia’s paper on a new termite baiting system that details a systematic approach to exterminate Philippine subterranean termites also earned 2nd place in the development category.

FPRDI also produced three winners out of 19 entries in the poster contest. These are Termite Baiting System: A Systematic Approach to Exterminate Philippine Subterranean Termites [1st place]; Scale Prevention in Boiler Feed Water Using Cashew Nut Shell Liquid (CNSL) Biopolymer [2nd place], and Prop Roots of Some Pandanus sp. for Handicrafts [3rd place] by Simplicia B. Katigbak.

STARRDEC, created on May 3, 1998, coordinates agriculture and resources R&D in Region IV.  It steers the sector to participate in sustainable development of the region following national development goals.  Members of the consortium are government institutions, state colleges, and R&D agencies specializing in agriculture, environment, and natural resources.

[For more information on the winning entries, please contact the Director’s Office at (0063-49) 536-2377, email: fprdi@laguna.net or visit http://www.uplb.edu.ph/fprdi.  FPRDI is located at the UPLB-College of Forestry and Natural Resources Campus, College, Laguna.