The Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) featured its mycorrhizal technology, Hi-Q VAM 1, in the 11th National Biotechnology Week (NBW). The NBW was held on November 23-28 at SM City Dasmariñas, Cavite with the theme “Bioteknolohiya: Kaagapay ng Mamamayan sa Pambansang Kaunlaran”.

Plant samples were displayed in the exhibit to highlight the difference between plants with and without Hi-Q VAM 1. This mycorrhizal technology aids plants in coping with various environmental stresses, and thus, shows promise in rehabilitation of degraded and marginal lands. In addition, sample Hi-Q VAM 1, several publications, IEC materials, and other freebies were also given to those who visited the booth.

To further share the ERDB mycorrhizal technology, a forum was conducted on November 25 spearheaded by ERDB Director Henry A. Adornado who welcomed the participants. Director Adornado expressed his hopes that the forum will help ERDB strengthen its efforts in promoting its research-based technologies and activities to the public.

During the last day, as host agency of NBW 2015, Director Reynaldo V. Ebora of the Philippine Council for Agriculture and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) thanked the agencies that participated in the event. Technology Transfer Division (TTD) Chief Veronica O. Sinohin received the plaque of appreciation in behalf of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Mr. Nestor Leviste of TTD received the certificate of participation for joining the exhibit on behalf of ERDB. Director Ebora expressed his hopes that the NBW 2015 helped the visitors better understand the benefits of biotechnology in the development of the country. Ann Valerie V. Gillado and Jobelle Mae L. Zuraek, TTD