The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) awarded a research and development (R&D) grant of one million P1 to the University Xavier-Ateneo de Cagayan to finance the implementation of a research project on the formulation of microbial cocktails from indigenous microorganisms (IMO).
DOST Secretary Fortunato “Boy” T. de la Peña said that DOST-X, through the Northern Mindanao Consortium for Health Research and Development (NorMinCoHRD), has awarded the R&D grant to university.
“The funding is allocated to the research project on the formulation of microbial cocktails from indigenous microorganisms (IMO) as an alternative to conventional pesticides and as biodegradation activators of compostable waste,” he said in his report. weekly on Friday October 29.
The study seeks to examine the use of microbial IMO cocktails as an alternative to conventional pesticides for house flies and crop pathogens.
“The agency provided capacity building activities to help researchers develop a research project focused on results and impact,” said de la Peña.
The project team should study microbial cocktails formulated for their characteristics as biodegradation activators of compostable waste.
DOST said the research project aims to promote sustainable and environmentally friendly alternatives to traditional practices using chemical agents.
“It will also provide evidence under controlled laboratory conditions to support the practice of using IMOs. The use of IMOs will offer sustainable, profitable and natural alternatives to farmers, ”he added.
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