Researchers train on use of thermal analyzers
July 25, 2012

Dr. Tamayo, Ms. Lapuz and Ms. Adelina M. Manto attended training courses on the operation of the Perkin Elmer Differential Scanning Calorimetry and Perkin Elmer Thermogravimetic Analyzer, advanced equipment for analyzing materials’ reaction to heat. The courses were held at Wisma Academy, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia last 4-6 June 2012.

Says Ms. Lapuz, “The techniques and principles that we have learned will be useful in our analyses of various forest-based and related materials at FPRDI. They will be helpful in our testing services, and research projects on adhesives, coatings, fire retardants and biocomposites, bioenergy, heat treatment, among others.” (Rizalina K. Araral, 25 July 2012)

FPRDI chemists present papers at international forest products convention
July 19, 2012

FPRDI chemists Ms. Irma I. Palanginan and Ms. Mariluz SP. Dionglay of the Chemistry and Biotechnology Section, Material Science Division, were among the paper presenters at the 66th Forest Products Society International Convention in Washington DC, USA last 3-5 June 2012.

Ms. Palanginan discussed her study “Evaluation of lemon-scented gum (Corymbia citriodora) volatile oil against termites”,while Ms. Dionglay presented “Characterization and end-uses of Dipterocarp oleoresin (D. alatus and D. intricus) from Cambodia.”

FPRDI supports the National Greening Program, spearheads tree-growing project
July 18, 2012

Two thousand forest and fruit tree seedlings were planted by the staff and management of the Forest Products Research and Development Institute (FPRDI) last 6 July 2012 at Brgy. Manaol, Nagcarlan, Laguna. The tree-growing activity was part of FPRDI’s year-long celebration of its 55th Anniversary and serves as the Institute’s contribution to the government’s National Greening Program (NGP).

“This tree-growing project is very fitting as we want to have a community outreach project for our Institute’s anniversary celebration,” said Ms. Mildred M. Fidel, Chief of FPRDI’s Technical Services Division. “As we give back to the community, we are also fulfilling our commitment towards the successful implementation of the NGP,” Fidel added.