Analytical & Research Services

BIOTECH-Food, Feeds, and Specialty Products Molecular Genetics Laboratory

The Laboratory engages in research activities on molecular biotechnology and microbial genetics such as, but not limited to genetic characterization and identification of molecular markers for BIOTECH’s microbial resources. The Laboratory is also involved in research projects on molecular – based methods of detecting and characterizing plant, animal and foodborne/waterborne disease-causing microorganisms, and in the screening and identification of bacteria with antimicrobial properties. It also provides services and technical assistance on PCR-based detection of foodborne pathogens using the BIOTECH-developed DASTM kits for E.Coli, Staphylococcus aureus and salmonella sp.

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BIOTECH-Food, Feeds, and Specialty Products Enzyme Laboratory

The laboratory engages in the production and provision of BIOTECH selected industrial enzymes to students, researchers, and others. It also offers technical services for the analyses of enzymes submitted by government and private individuals. The laboratory may also be involved in collaborative research works on enzymes with other programs/laboratories as the need arises.

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BIOTECH MykoPlus Laboratory

The laboratory is producing the microbial inoculant MykoPlus, consisting of endomycorrhizal fungi and beneficial microorganisms such as nitrogen fixers, phosphorus solubilizers and growth hormone secretors. We offer Endomycorrhizal Fungi isolation, mass production, morphological description, and evaluation of spore count. We also offer Bacterial Functional Analysis, or the analysis of ability as nitrogen fixer, phosphorus solubilizer, and growth hormone secretor. The laboratory is also conducting microbial analysis for production of various enzymes such as lipase and cellulase. We are open for collaboration.

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CAFS-IWEP Pest Clinic and Diagnostic Services

The IWEP Pest Clinic and Diagnostic Services is an extension program of the Institute of Weed Science, Entomology and Plant Pathology that is concerned with increasing productivity of its stakeholders by providing efficient crop protection and management services. The farmers are the ultimate client of the program. Other clients who are served by the Clinic are the staff of the Department of Agriculture, State Colleges and Universities, private companies involved in crop protection/pest management, and plant hobbyists.

Specifically, the Pest Clinic aims to help the stakeholders identify their pest problems and to provide pest management related services to the community. It provides the accurate diagnostic and control recommendation services to farmers and other clienteles, and crop protection services to private/corporate farms and the academic community through pest identification and recommendation, consultation, nematode analysis, field visits to pest problem areas, and sale of biological specimens like mosquitoes (A. aegypti ) for academic research purposes. For the identification insects and plant pathogens, DNA barcoding is now available

The program is headed by an In-charge or Section Head. Three technical staff - an entomologist, plant pathologist and a weed specialist - perform the initial diagnostic and recommendation services depending on the type of pest problem received. The IWEP academic and research personnel serve as the support staff of the program and the analysis are done in their respective laboratories.

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BIOTECH Oil and Fats Laboratory

This laboratory specializes in the extraction and analysis of oils. Under the supervision and expertise of Dr. Laura J. Pham, there are research on the composition and application of oils extracted from produce such as avocado, atropa, pili pulp, pili nut, malunggay, and other oil seeds. It caters to students, farmers, and stakeholders who need assistance in related studies under a Memorandum of Agreement with head unit.

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BIOTECH Feeds and Specialty Products Laboratory

This laboratory is dedicated in doing research on enzymatic extraction systems and protein enrichment of agri-industrial produce and wastes. It also handles the production and optimization of production parameters for the Protein-Enriched Copra Meal (PECM) and animal probiotics, both of which are valuable products tested and proven effective in animals such as swine, poultry, and aquaculture. Products can be sold by visiting the laboratory. Consequently, other research by interested parties can be accommodated through consultations and with appropriate Memorandum of Agreement.

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BIOTECH Bio-Organic Fertilizer Laboratory

The Bio-Organic Fertilizer (BOF) Laboratory performs research and development of microbial-based fertilizers. It has developed microbial inoculants technology for efficient conversion of agro-industrial wastes into quality biofertilizers as low-cost agricultural farm input. The laboratory also uses DNA-based techniques to formulate efficient microbial consortia as biostimulant for plants for increased crop productivity. BOF Lab is involved in hosting high school and university students in the conduct of their thesis, practicum, and on-the-job training, among others. It offers training and extension on BOF Technology and publishes papers on biofertilizer development on microbial formulations for crop and soil productivity.

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BIOTECH NanoBiotechnology Laboratory

The NanoBiotechnology Laboratory (NBL) is one of the newest laboratories established by the National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (BIOTECH), University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB). The laboratory was established to fill the gap in nanotechnology research and provide services not just to the University but also to its public and private partners as well. NBL aims to develop and commercialize globally-competitive and environment-friendly products and processes from the country’s diverse microbial and natural resources, that resolves societal problems on agriculture, food, health, and the environment.

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