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FPRDI, DA-BAR help CamNorte pili processors
February 26, 2016

Members of the CNPGPA learn how to make handicraft items from the pili shell.

Members of the Camarines Norte Pili Growers and Processors Association (CNPGPA) learn how to make handicraft items from the pili shell (above) and extract oil from the pili nut (below) in seminar workshops held last year.

Members of the CNPGPA learn how to extract oil from the pili nut.

Ramos trains on high-tech wood identification
February 17, 2016

Forester Mario Ramos, Senior Science Research Specialist, recently returned from a three-month training program with the Center for Wood Anatomy Research (CWAR) at the Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) , Madison, Wisconsin, USA. The “Training Course on Wood Anatomy, Identification and Imaging” honed his skills in all aspects of wood anatomy as well as in constructing and maintaining a XyloTron.

According to CWAR team leader and research botanist Alex C. Weidenhoeft, “The XyloTron is a machine-vision-based wood identification system that uses a custom-designed wood imaging device (the XyloScope), image analysis, and statistical processing software run from a laptop/netbook. With it, users can identify wood more accurately than trained law enforcement personnel. The technology can help combat the global problem of illegal logging by empowering law enforcement agents to make field identification of wood.”

“I am excited that my involvement in the FPL’s machine vision project can eventually be used to help preserve threatened or endangered wood species in the Philippines. The training program gave me key ideas and provided skills I can use to help enhance the wood anatomy laboratory facilities and services we offer at FPRDI,” said Ramos.

Mari bags research achievement award
February 10, 2016

FPRDI Scientist Erlinda Mari (middle).

Dr. Erlinda L. Mari , Scientist I, the 2015 Distinguished Achievement Award in Applied Research from the Kapisanang Kimika ng Pilipinas (Chemical Society of the Philippines) - Southern Tagalog Chapter. Handing the award is Dr. Ramon A. Razal, KKP-ST President 2015, with Dr. Mary Ann Torio, KKP-ST Vice President 2015 in ceremonies held at the Boy Scout of the Philippines – International Makiling Hotel, Los Banos, Laguna last November 6, 2015.

Dr. Mari has been with FPRDI for 39 years and is currently leading the R&D Program “Abaca fiber for the pulp and paper industry and allied products development” and the project “Euphorbia tithymaloides: Propagation in mined areas and utilization of the plant’s extract as wood preservative.” (Rizalina K. Araral, 3 February 2016)#