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Researchers have studied the effect of thermal modification (TM) on the strength of giant bamboo using spent engine oil as medium. Initial findings showed that TM made the bamboo more stable – less prone to swelling and shrinking. Higher heat also made the material darker.

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.

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.

Prior to mass production, the FPRDI-formulated hand and liquid soaps, and hand mists will undergo further bioassay testing to determine their germ removal efficiency.

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.