Resource Speakers with the participants of the Training on Disease Diagnosis and Management of Forest Plants (photos by Ms.Maria Innah S. Montala and Mr. John Alfonzo M. Abrenilla).
Resource Speakers with the participants of the Training on Disease Diagnosis and Management of Forest Plants (photos by Ms.Maria Innah S. Montala and Mr. John Alfonzo M. Abrenilla).

The Laboratory and Experimental Services Division (LESD) hosted a three (3)-day training course on September 24-28, 2018 at the ERDB Auditorium. The training was designed to enhance the skills of the ERDB technical personnel on proper diagnosis and management of forest plant diseases.  A total of eight (8) participants composed of five (5) males and three (3) females from the technical divisions and centers of excellence were capacitated on the identification of diseases and disease causing agents and its management among forest plants.

Forester Mutya Ma. Q. Manalo, Associate Professor of the College of Forestry and Natural Resources and Dr. Filomena C. Sta. Cruz of the College of Agriculture and Food Science (CAFS) both from the University of the Philippines Los Baños, College, Laguna shared their knowledge and expertise in the field of Plant Pathology.

For. Manalo discussed about the introduction of the plant diseases, plant disease diagnosis, control and management practices, culture media, extracting plant parasitic nematodes from the forest soil and Koch’s postulate.  On the other hand, Dr. Sta. Cruz discussed about the plants virus diseases including its methods of identification and diagnosis.

The participants were also given the opportunity to visit the Virology Laboratory of the Institute of Weed Science, Entomology and Plant Pathology (IWEP), CAFS, UPLB. They were toured inside the laboratory and given a background information on their laboratory samples and facility.  Dr. Sta. Cruz together with her class advisee demonstrated and interpreted  the results generated from their ELISA reader and PCR.

At the end of the training, each participant came up with a one-year action plan. These action plans will be monitored regularly by the HRD to validate if the presented plan is being executed. Cecille Q. Marquez, LESD