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Review of BAR-funded Corn and Cassava Projects

3-5 October 2017
BAR Conference Room 1, Diliman, Quezon City.

 

There were 19 projects (4 completed and 15 on-going) reviewed under the Corn and Cassava program of the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) on 3-5 October 2017 at BAR Conference Room 1, Diliman, Quezon City.

Projects under the Corn Program include researches on pest and nutrient management, weather-based decision support system, varietal development and improvement, and seed conservation; while cassava-based projects focus on food safety and health values, soil health, and nutrient and pest management.

Among the significant findings highlighted during the review was the development of corn varieties which are resistant to biotic and abiotic stresses such as drought; acidic, waterlogging and calcareous soils; Philippine downy mildew; bacterial stalk rot; Fusarium ear rot; Asian corn borer; and corn weevil.

Serving as technical evaluators were: Dr. Artemio Salazar of the University of the Philippines Los Baños - Institute of Plant Breeding (UPLB-IPB); Dr. Cesar Quicoy of UPLB; Dr. Juliet Roa of the Visayas State University; Dr. Candido Damo, technical consultant on Cassava Production of the Department of Agriculture Corn Program; and Milo delos Reyes of DA-RFO CALABARZON.

The Program Monitoring and Evaluation Division (PMED) of BAR facilitated the three-day review. ###

Dr. Artemio Salazar presents the outputs of the project on the development of breeding populations of corn resistant to different biotic and abiotic stresses. The results of the projects are set to be launched in the upcoming Corn Congress in November.

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