Miss Earth 2012
On Sept 27, 2012, 1200 seedlings of commercially viable trees were planted by the group headed by Dra. Nelly Agangan (PhD in Forest Biotechnology) of The National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (BIOTECH), University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB) in the premise of Caliraya Springs Golf Club.
The main goal of the project is to establish a biotechnology mediated forest park in Caliraya Springs, Barangay Talaongan, Cavinti, Laguna using indigenous and some endangered forest tree species in the Philippines.
The specific objectives are the following:
1. To determine which species among the eight (tuai, salago, kisubeng, narra, batino, ipil, bani and white lauan) forest tree species that will adopt most in the red soil conditions of Caliraya-Cavinti area and will serve as the basis in selecting tree species and biofertilizer for future reforestation programs in such soil and environmental conditions.
2. To establish demo trials on the effect of biofertilizers on the growth of eight indigenous reforestation species.
3. To determine the contribution of MykovamTM (a biofertilizer containing eight mycorrhizal species) and Bio-NTM (a biofertilizer containing nitrogen fixing bacteria found effective in promoting yield of rice and selected vegetables) on growth and survival of tuai, salago, narra, batino and white lauan planted in the camping site of Caliraya Springs, Cavinti, Laguna.
4. To compare the plant growth promoting effects of MykovamTM with other species of mycorrhizal fungi collected in mine waste soil on batino, bani and ipil planted in the camping site of Caliraya Springs, Cavinti, Laguna.
5. To compare the build up of microbial population in the rhizosphere of the different indigenous tree species six months after transplanting and
6. To compare the growth of the eight indigenous tree species in relation to carbon sequestration and climate change.
BIOTECH, UPLB has developed microbial inoculants or so called biofertilizers that can help alleviate nutrient status of infertile acidic soil and heavy metal toxicity. Example of biofertilizers developed at BIOTECH, UPLB are the MYKOVAMTM and Bio-NTM. BioN consists of two species of Azospirillum (nitrogen fixing bacteria), effective in promoting growth and yield of rice and corn. BioN for rice can also be used for vegetables. On the other hand, Mykovam is a soil based biofertilizer consisting of several species of mycorrhizal fungi. Mykovam is effective in promoting growth, yield and survival of almost all plants. It is not effective on crucifers (cabbage, pechay, mustard, etc.) pine trees and dipterocarps. This project is the first trial that examines the effectiveness of BioN and/or Mykovam on indigenous forest trees.
Ms. Julite Anarna and Dr. Aggangan are the one producing BioN and Mykovam, respectively at BIOTECH, UP Los Banos. Names: Lerma M. Moran, MA Nelly S. Aggangan, Ph. D. Julieta A. Anarna, M.S.