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DOST-FPRDI researchers recently started a research project that would study the safety of fruit wines aged in locally made wine barrels.

The project is an off-shoot of the Institute’s efforts at pilot-testing its own wine barrels made from tree plantation species (TPS) like big-leafed mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla), mangium (Acacia mangium), and river red gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis), and a fruit tree -- santol (Sandoricum koijape). The wine barrels were developed to find substitutes to white oak (Quercus alba), known worldwide as the best material for ageing wines.

The DOST-Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI) recently distributed bamboo-abaca hands-free disinfectant dispensers and foot baths to several establishments and government offices in Los Baños, Laguna.

The bamboo dispenser releases alcohol when someone steps on the connected foot bath while the abaca acts as a sponge that disinfects the pressing footwear. The device was developed by the Institute in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The DOST-Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI) marks another milestone as it celebrates its 64th Anniversary this 5-9 July 2021.

With the theme “Pagbangon at Pag-asa sa Panahon ng Pandemya”, this year’s celebration centers on the Institute’s continued R&D initiatives and technical services amid the ongoing pandemic.

“We are more than a year into this global health crisis, yet most of us are still finding ways to manage its impacts,” said DOST-FPRDI Director Dr. Romulo T. Aggangan.