The Carrageenan PGP Team: (top photo, left to right) Fernando Aurigue, career scientist of the PNRI Agriculture Research Section; Francis Cyril Valdez of the PNRI Irradiation Services Section; Dr. Lucille Abad, career scientist and chief of the PNRI Atomic Research Division; and Patrick Jay Cabalar of the PNRI Chemistry Research Section. Dr. Gil Magsino (bottom photo), director of the UPLB National Crop Protection Center, is also part of the team.
Plant growth promoter team wins Lingkod Bayan Regional Award
For developing the radiation-processed Carrageenan Plant Growth Promoter (PGP) that helped increase the harvests in farmlands across the country, scientists and researchers from the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (DOST-PNRI) won the Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award at the regional level.
The award is part of the Civil Service Commission’s 2020 Search for Outstanding Government Workers.
The Carrageenan PGP team includes Career Scientists Dr. Lucille Abad and Fernando Aurigue, and PNRI researchers Patrick Jay Cabalar and Francis Cyril Valdez. Also in the team is Dr. Gil Magsino, currently the director of the National Crop Protection Center of the University of the Philippines-Los Baños.
The team developed PGP from carrageenan, a natural polymer extracted from red seaweed. Using the fabricated liquid handling system at PNRI’s Electron Beam Irradiation Facility, the carrageenan solution was processed using electron beam into a foliar fertilizer sprayed at certain stages in the plant’s life.
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PNRI bags highest number of DOST IPA awards with 47 int'l publications
Congratulations to the DOST - Philippine Nuclear Research Institute for once again winning the highest number of awarded publications among DOST agencies for the third straight year!
A total of 47 publications authored by 32 PNRI scientists and researchers were each awarded the International Publication Award as part of the 2020 DOST Intellectual Property Awards.
Meanwhile, members of the PNRI Isotope Techniques Section won the DOST Utility Model Award for their work and successful registration of the "Method for Pretreating Alumina for Chromatographic Separation in Radionuclide Generator".
The awards were announced during the 5th DOST Virtual Flag Raising Ceremony hosted by the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST PHL), the Philippines’ leading advisory and scientific recognition body.
The DOST International Publication Award is given annually to DOST scientists and researchers who were able to publish their research outputs in Thomson Reuters (formerly ISI) or Scopus indexed journals in the last three years before the year of the nomination.
The DOST Granted Patent and Utility Model Registration Awards are given in recognition of the efforts of DOST technology developers whose technologies have been granted patent or utility model registration in the last three (3) years preceding the award.
The record number of publications is the highest achieved by PNRI as yet, having continuously garnered the awards since the first DOST IPA in 2013. PNRI has also previously won the most number of publications among DOST agencies, having earned the same distinction in 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2019.
PH nuclear S&T innovations go online at Atomic Energy Week
Online is the way to go this season as the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (DOST-PNRI) celebrates the 48th Atomic Energy Week (AEW) from December 7-11, 2020. Throughout the week, the Institute will use the online platform to showcase the latest developments in the local nuclear S&T community.
Comprising virtual events, contests, exhibits, and a research conference, this year’s online celebration will be simulcast across various social media platforms to reach more attendees while ensuring everyone’s safety.
With the theme “Agham at Teknolohiyang Pangnukleyar: Sandigan ng Kalusugan, Kaayusan, Kabuhayan at Kinabukasan," the Institute highlights the atom’s role in addressing pressing problems in the society and in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The theme also highlights nuclear energy’s potential in contributing to economic recovery and adapting to the “new normal” particularly through the government’s recent interest in nuclear power as the government studies its inclusion in the energy mix.