UPLB Coconut Genomics Project team conducts publication writeshop

  • Written by  Ana Margarita S. Palma
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In order to come up with 10 research papers for journal publication, the Coconut Genomics Project 8 under the Philippine Genome Center (PGC) - Agriculture Program conducted a writing workshop last 20 August 2018 at the Boy Scouts of the Philippines Hotel, University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), College, Laguna.

UPLB Professor Emeritus and the first PGC - Agriculture director Dr. Rita P. Laude opened the event by highlighting the importance of publishing journals for the Coconut Genomics Project and the general public. In her words, publication is a "moral obligation" to the public who pay taxes that supply the government funds for research projects.

This was supported by National Scientist and UPLB Professor Emeritus Dr. Dolores Ramirez. “You owe it to the scientific community and yourselves to communicate your outputs. It shall never be allowed to gather dust”, Dr. Ramirez said. She also recalled how her mentor's encouragement pushed her to collate her research data and turn it into a paper within a month.

Coconut Genomics Program Leader Dr. Hayde Galvez was also present and discussed the program rationale and mechanics overview of the writeshop. The participants were divided into two groups – the host resistance screening and trichome characterization group and the gene cloning, characterization, and marker development group. The writeshop involved research from undergraduate and master’s students and staff from the Institute of Plant Breeding (IPB).

Dr. Annalissa Aquino and Dr. Rommel Sulabo, managing editor of Philippines Journal Crop of Science and Editor-in-Chief of Philippine Agricultural Scientist, respectively, lectured on guidelines in publishing in a refereed scientific journal.

Meanwhile, UPLB Professor Emeritus Dr. Evelyn Mae Tecson-Mendoza gave a few tips on writing scientific papers based from her own experience. According to her, the goal of research is to generate knowledge and technology and to disseminate it is done through publication.

Ms. Maria Rowena Beatriz Inzon of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension then discussed available publication grant during the writeshop.

The participants presented their draft papers for review and comments of the panelists. After which, IPB Deputy Director Prof. Lilian F. Pateña ended the writeshop.

The PGC – Agriculture Program in UPLB was launched in 2011, with plant genetics and breeding laboratories and facilities in IPB as its core.