DOST-FPRDI studies the use of heat to treat wood and bamboo
Around the world, people in these modern times have always relied on synthetic chemicals to treat wood. Many of these chemicals, however, are known to be toxic, and can cause serious health and environmental harm if not used properly.
Researchers at the Los Baños-based DOST-Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI) are currently looking into a process called thermal modification (or TM) as a more eco-friendly way of protecting wood and bamboo from insect pests and fungi.
DOST-FPRDI develops antimicrobial soaps, hand mists
Exploring the vast potential of our local forest resources, the DOST- Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI) has developed personal care products useful in maintaining personal hygiene amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
The antimicrobial liquid hand soaps were formulated using cinnamon (Cinnamomum mercadoi Vidal) and bamboo-activated carbon, with lavender and Manila elemi oil scents. The hand bar soaps, meanwhile, used bamboo charcoal (Bambusa sp), bamboo-activated carbon, sapang (Caesalpinia sappan L.) and tawa tawa (Euphorbia hirta L.), with eucalyptus oil scent.