As part of the Human Resource Development (HRD), and due to the fast changing scenario of soil, water and other microbiological analyses and instrumental methods and its applications, the ERDB through the Laboratory and Experimental Services Division (LESD) hosted a four (4)-day training course from July 16-19, 2018 to meet the very basic requirement for microbiological analysis of the ERDB technical personnel. A total of nine (9) participants from the technical divisions and centers of excellence were capacitated in doing basic microbiological techniques such as media preparation and sterilization, aseptic working with microorganisms, isolation, gram staining, and microscopy.

Forester Mutya Ma. Q. Manalo, Associate Professor of the College of Forestry and Natural Resources and Mr. Noel Tan Gana of the Philippine National Collection of Microorganisms (PNCM) at the National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology both from the University of the Philippines Los Baños, College, Laguna shared their knowledge and expertise in the field of microbiology.

For. Manalo discussed the introduction of the different microorganisms, preparation and plating of culture media, isolation and purification of bacteria and fungi through plating and serial dilution, and gram staining of bacteria. On the other hand, Mr. Tan Gana discussed the tools and techniques in microbiological analysis of different samples, handling, storage and maintenance of microbial cultures and biosafety compliance in microbiological laboratories.

The participants were also given the opportunity to visit the UPLB Biotech’s Philippine National Collection of Microorganisms (PNCM) laboratory which is ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accredited. They were toured on the national repository of microbial strains and were given background information on their laboratory facility.

At the end of the training, each participant came up with their one-year action plan. These plans will be monitored regularly by the Human Resource and Development (HRD) of ERDB to validate if the presented plans are being executed. Cecille Q. Marquez, LESD