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.
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)
Development of Handbook on Good Agricultural and Marketing Practices (GAMPs) in High Value Industrial Crops
Development of Handbook on Good Agricultural and Marketing Practices (GAMPs) in High Value Fruit Crops
Marry Grace S. Balbuena