With the theme, “Bringing Science and Technology to the People as a Social Responsibility”, the 25th ILARRDEC Regional Symposium on R&D Highlights was held on October 23-24, 2013 at the Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU), City of Batac, Ilocos Norte. This symposium is a yearly activity initiated by the Ilocos Agricultural Resources, Research and Development Consortium (ILARRDEC) to: allow researchers, extensionists, scientists, farmers, students, and stakeholders of Region I present the most significant R&D findings of consortium member – agencies; provide an occasion for the sharing of knowledge and experience among researchers; select outstanding technologies / information generated for recognition and nomination to national award giving bodies; collect relevant information on potentially mature technologies; and identify new researchable areas based on completed researches.
DMMMSU participants to the 25th Regional Symposium on R&D Highlights after the awarding ceremonies and closing program of the 2-day event at the MMSU, Theatro Ilocandia, Batac City, Ilocos Norte.
Aside from the R&D highlights, the symposium also features competition for the Best Undergraduate Thesis and Techno-Poster. This was conceptualized to create awareness among undergraduate students and develop their research capabilities and become competent researchers in the future. NARTDI has been annually participating in this symposium and a number of papers have already been presented, several posters won and some presenters were also given due recognitions. This year, the following NARTDI personnel were participants of the symposium: Dr. Jaime C. Dangle, Dr. Lolita S. Dulay, For. Merlito T. Antolin, Mr. Joseph A. Panas, Engr. Rowel M. Munar, Ms. Mishima P. Soliba and Mr. George T. Bondot.
The following api studies were entries under the Research Category for Paper Presentation and Poster Category, respectively: “Bee Health Management” by J.A.Panas, D.T.DeCastro, M.P.Soliba and A.F.Sobrepena; “Panang-pasayaat Kadagiti Pagtaudan ti Taraon Dagiti Alig” by J.C.Dangle and M.T.Antolin; “Development of Honeybee Pollinated Orchard Towards Increasing Productivity” by J.C.Dangle and G.T.Bondot; and “Design, Fabrication and Performance Testing of Honey Press for Native Bees” by R.M.Munar.
During the same program, winners of the 24th Regional Symposium held on October 29-31, 2012 at the same venue, were given Plaques and Certificates of Recognitions. The study entitled, “Dagdag Pagkain na Polen Para Mapataas and Ani ng Royal Jelly at Mapadami ang Bilang ng mga lalaking Pulot-pukyutan”, won 1st place in the poster category. This study was conducted by Dr. Lolita S. Dulay, Mr. Arvin C. Tuyan, Mr. Rizalde A. Claro and Ms. Imelda S. Libong.
The poster shows results of the two research studies on the production of royal jelly and rearing of drones (male honeybees) through supplementation of food, specifically pollen. This was done using the locally available legume seeds like soybean, mungbean, and pigeon pea as pollen supplements during dearth period. These food supplements are sources of protein needed for the growth and development of honeybees.