Philippine researchers plan to use natural plant extracts to develop fungicides

- Jan 26, 2018 -

The Philippine Ministry of Science and Technology's agriculture, aquatic biology and natural Resources Research and Development Commission (DOST-PCAARRD) recently approved a new research project using the Tasmannia Piperita (Hook). F.) Miers extracts are made into fungicides, which are used to control the black spot of lettuce and the pathogenic phytophthora of tomato.

The project was led by Dr. Victor B. Amoroso of the Central University of Burkina Faso, Mindanao I., Philippines. DOST-PCAARRD recently launched a project start-up meeting for the project and inspected field monitoring.

Project leader Victor Amoroso in the project launch meeting to explain the field inspection project of natural fungicides (Photo source: Mindanao I. Central University fulgent P. Cortico)

The origin of the natural bactericide ingredient T. Piperita is dicotyledons, growing in a ridge or high elevation Moss forest. According to Dr. Amoroso, the natural fungicides extracted from plant leaves are inexpensive and environmentally friendly and can be obtained locally. This conclusion is obtained after a lot of research on plant extracts.

However, excessive exploitation of the plant for the purpose of mass production of fungicides would result in the extinction of plants in nature and hence the need for artificial breeding. In addition to the field test of this natural bactericide, the project will also use seeds, wild plant resources and tissue culture to cultivate the plant in large quantities.

The Quidapawan Energy Development Corporation (EDC) in the Philippines will assist in the promotion of this resource by providing farmers with seeds for breeding and selling plants to fungicide manufacturers in the future.

The team hopes to train farmers to breed the plant, expand the production of fungicides, and offer jobs to local residents.

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