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For. Estudillo attends international plant identification course
May 29, 2012

Forester Glenn B. Estudillo, Science Research Specialist II at FPRDI’s Anatomy and Forest Botany Section, attended the Tropical Plant Identification Course held from 24 April to 4 May 2012 at the Kew Royal Botanic Gardens (RBG) in London, United Kingdom. The training course was designed for conservationalists, environmental professionals, foresters, ethnobotanists, ecologists, zoologists and graduate students, with participants coming from Botswana, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Philippines, Malaysia, Brazil, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

“The course exposed us to 70 of the most common tropical plant families and introduced us to plant structures and identification tools. Lectures were supplemented by hands-on sessions, examinations, and visits to living plant collections,” related Estudillo. The identification sessions focused on plant species found in Tropical Asia, Tropical Africa and Tropical America.

Estudillo noted that his attendance to the course allowed him to meet Dr. Rogier de Kok, head of Kew’s Southeast Asian team. “Dr. Kok shared that Kew has limited access to Philippine forests, that is why it has minimal herbarium specimens from our country. We will submit a proposal to Kew which, if approved, will benefit the Institute, particularly our collection of plant and wood specimens,” he concluded. ### (Apple Jean C. Martin, 23 May 2012)

FPRDI takes on challenge amid a growing paper bag industry
May 24, 2012

As more and more municipalities across the country start using paper instead of plastics as packaging material, the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI Philippines) organized last 20 April 2012 the “Seminar on Paper Bag Industry Outlook” to discuss the market prospects and challenges in paper bag manufacturing. FPRDI is a member of TAPPI Philippines, a non-profit organization that promotes the application of science in the manufacture of pulp and paper.

Attended by representatives from government agencies, pulp & paper and related industries, private sector and the academe among others, the seminar included discussions on government regulations, quality standards for packaging paper, state of Philippine paper manufacturing, paper chemistry, plastic-free society, and hybrid abaca fibers for paper manufacturing. Dr. Erlinda L. Mari, Scientist 1 at the FPRDI, discussed “Carbon Footprinting the Philippine Paper Industry?”

For. Ella bags CFNR’s Mancono Award
May 17, 2012

Forester Arsenio B. Ella was one of two recipients of the Most Outstanding Alumnus Award (Mancono Award) during the UPLB College of Forestry and Natural Resources’ (CFNR) 102nd Foundation Day and Alumni Homecoming last 27 April 2012.

The highest award given by the UPLB-CFNR Alumni Association to its distinguished graduates, the Mancono Award was conferred to Ella for his “exemplary performance that earned him honors as a respected scientist in the field of forest products utilization research; for having authored books and numerous scientific articles on wood anatomy, wood identification and utilization of non-wood forest products, and for his distinctive accomplishment in generation, commercialization and transfer of technologies on scientific tapping of tree exudates.” Ella finished his BS in Forestry in 1973 and his MS in Forestry in 1983, at UPLB.