The new ERDB Asst. Director Mayumi Quintos-Natividad (seated 2nd from right) together with Dr. Marilyn Q. Lalican, LESD Chief (seated 3rd from right) together with resource speakers, some staff from the research centers and the LESD laboratory staff.

The Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) through the Laboratory and Experimental Services Division (LESD), conducted a five (5)-day training on Basic Plant Tissue Culture and Micropropagation of Forest Tree Species on July 22-26, 2019 at the ERDB Main Office and Tissue Culture Laboratory. This training is in partnership with the Human Resources Development Section (HRD) of the Administrative and Financial Management Division (AFMD).

The training was designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of the ERDB technical personnel on plant tissue culture and micropropagation of forest tree species. Participants were from the selected Research, Development and Extension Centers (RDECs) of ERDB with existing Tissue Culture Laboratory and projects/studies in which tissue culture technique can be applied. These are the Watershed and Water Resources RDE Center (WWRRDEC), Agroforestry RDE Center (ARDEC), and Forest and Wetlands RDE Center (FWRDEC).

A total of six (6) participants composed of five (5) females and one (1) male were capacitated on the basic technical procedures of plant tissue culture and micropropagation of forest tree species from the preparation of nutrient stock solution and culture medium, aseptic (sterile) techniques on explant preparation, and culture establishment up to the plantlet acclimatization.

Ms. Janine C. Baguhin,  Science Research Specialist II from LESD and the current personnel in-charge of the ERDB Tissue Culture Laboratory was the resource speaker who shared her knowledge and expertise in the fields of Plant Tissue Culture and Micropropagation.

The participants doing the deflasking and potting out of tissue-cultured plants.

The first day of the activity consisted of a lecture on the principles, types/methods, importance, applications, and the different processes involved in plant tissue culture and micropropagation. Basic organization of a Tissue Culture Laboratory as well as the maintenance of the facility, equipment, tools, and waste management in the laboratory were also discussed. Demonstration and comprehensive hands-on sessions on the different laboratory and nursery procedures were conducted in the next three days of the training.

Each participant came up with a two-year action plan. These plans will be monitored by the Human Resources Development Section (HRD) of ERDB to validate if the presented plans are being executed.  The participants assured that they will apply all the knowledge and skills they have acquired from the training especially in enhancing and putting their laboratories in operation. They also proposed the conduct tissue culture studies in the near future. Janine C. Baguhin, LESD