USMARDC Biotechnology was established in the year 2002 under the leadership of Dr. Emma K. Sales, now a Professor emeritus from the College of Agriculture, wherein the former Animal Research Laboratory Building was converted into a Biotechnology Unit of USMARDC (University of Southern Mindanao Agricultural Research Development Center).

Currently different researches was conducted like DNA fingerprinting of high value fruit crops (Mango, Durian and Banana) and industrial crops (Coffee, Rubber, Cacao and Oil Palm) as well as Plant Tissue Culture in Banana. Biotechnology Unit also serve as learning hub for students in the University as well as those students, farmers and other stakeholders coming from the nearby municipalities and cities who are interested on Biotech. The unit also offers services like molecular fingerprinting, molecular diagnostics, molecular technology training and tissue culture.

Biotechnology Center

Staff

Dr. Edward A. Barlaan

Head, Biotechnology Unit


Dr. Efren E. magulama

USMARDC Director


Harem R. Roca

Tissue Culture Laboratory In-charge


Mary Grace S. Balbuena

Plant, Animal and Microbe Molecular Research Lab. In-charge


Organization

On-going Research

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MECO-TECO Joint Research Project: Improvement of ‘Carabao’ Mango Production and Fruit Quality through Quantitative Trait Loci (QTL) Identification for Scab and Stem-end Rot Resistance by Genome Wide Association Studies (GWAS)

Dr. Emma K. Sales

 

Fruit Quality Improvement in ‘Carabao’ Mango through Gene Identification for Scab and Stem-end Rot Resistance by Genotyping-By-Sequencing (GBS) and Genome Wide Association Studies (GWAS)

Dr. Edward A. Barlaan

 

Development of Handbook on Good Agricultural and Marketing Practices (GAMPs) in High Value Industrial Crops

Dr. Edward A. Barlaan

 

Development of Handbook on Good Agricultural and Marketing Practices (GAMPs) in  High Value Fruit Crops

Marry Grace S. Balbuena

Products & Technology Generated

  1. Marker kit for Rubber, Durian, Mango, Coffee and Cacao
  2. DNA Fingerprinting protocol for Robusta Coffee
  3. Catalogues of various high value crops like Durian, Mango and Robusta Coffee Germplasm in the Philippines

Awards

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Best Research Paper Award in Agriculture, Aquatic and natural Resources on the Project entitled ‘VALIDATION OF VARIETAL INTEGRITY OF PROMISING RUBBER CLONES THROUGH DNA FINGERPRINTING’ dated July 28, 2016 at DOST-PCAARRD, Los Banos, Laguna. /EKsales et.al
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Best Research Paper Award in Agriculture, Aquatic and natural Resources on the Project entitled ‘ ‘ dated at ./EABarlaan et.al
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Best Research Paper Award in Agriculture, Aquatic and natural Resources on the Project entitled ‘ ‘ dated at ./HRRoca et.al