Newton Fund Partnership Researchers Visit BAR





Researchers under the Newton Fund Partnership between UK-Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (UK-BBSRC) and Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) visited the bureau on 18 April 2018.

During the courtesy visit, BAR Director Nicomedes P. Eleazar welcomed Dr. Christine Tait-Burkard, Dr. Tanja Opriessnig, and Dr. Samantha Lycett from the University of Edinburgh-Roslin Institute. They were accompanied by Dr. Clarissa Yvonne Domingo from Central Luzon State University and project leader for the Filipino counterpart R&D project; and Dr. Daphne Jorca, a collaborator from the Bureau of Animal Industry. Under the partnership, diagnostic tools to identify and differentiate viral pig diseases using new assays like RT-RPA, RT-LAMP and flow cell detection methods will be developed.

Earlier, the aforementioned research team proposed the R&D program titled, “A Strategic Approach to Identifying and Combatting Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus Outbreaks and Other Porcine Viral Diseases”. BAR provided funding support to the R&D project of the Filipino counterpart.

After the meeting, the visitors were toured inside the R&D Technology Commercialization Center wherein BAR-funded R&D results under the National Technology Commercialization Program are being displayed. ###

(L-R): Mr. Ian Jomari Panaga (BAR-PDD), Ms. Maria Elena Garces (BAR-TCD assistant head), Dr. Daphne Jorca (BAI), Dr. Samantha Lycett, Dr. Tanja Opriessnig, Dr. Christine Tait-Burkard, Dr. Nicomedes Eleazar (BAR director), Dr. Clarissa Yvonne Domingo (CLSU), and Ms. Ma. Eloisa Aquino (BAR-OD)

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