Technical assistance regarding basic processes and applications of tissue culture was provided at the ERDB Tissue Culture Laboratory under the Laboratory and Experimental Services Division (LESD) in June to July 2016. Participants involved were B.S. Biology and Forestry students from Southern Luzon State University (SLSU) and technical staff from Watershed and Water Resources Research Center (WWRRC), Loakan, Baguio City.

The learning session aimed to impart to the participants knowledge and skills on plant tissue culture; provide participants hands-on experiences and practical exercises on plant tissue culture; and provide a venue for sharing of experiences and networking among participants and host institutions for developing collaborations in the future.

The first part of the activity consists of lecture on the background, importance and applications of plant tissue culture, basic organization of the laboratory and the processes involved in tissue culture.

After the lecture, hands-on training on the different laboratory and nursery procedures were conducted.

All of the participants were first timers on tissue culture process hence; they were really interested on how thousands of plants can be produced from a small single tissue. They enjoyed and learned many things from the activities done. The participants’ understanding of tissue culture was also assessed in the evaluation exam given to them. Result of which showed that they imbibed the learnings gained from the session.

Ms. Liane Xennia Nahil, one of the students from SLSU is currently conducting her thesis regarding tissue culture of Batikuling (Litsea leytensis) Merr. What she gained from the training will guide her in the conduct of her study. Likewise, Ms. Erika Cachero, the newly in-charge staff of the Tissue Culture Laboratory of WWRRC at Pacdal, Baguio City, assured that she will apply all knowledge and skills she acquired from the learning session in enhancing their laboratory. She also said that she will conduct tissue culture studies in the near future. Janine F. Cortiguerra, LESD