PTRI, USTP Claveria talks academic, research & extension collaborations

By Carlos Ian H. Mendoza & Aire Jade L. Taga, USTP Claveria STRATCOMM

The USTP Claveria has expanded its academic, research, and extension collaborations through a benchmark courtesy visit to the Dean’s Office of the College of Agriculture by Ms. Ritchell Merencillo and Ms. Paula Fe Castillon of the Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI) based in Imelda, Villanueva, Misamis Oriental.

During the visit, the PTRI has assured that their agency will cater on-the-job training or immersion for students, offer technical expertise in extension for mulberry/silkworm/cocoon production technologies, and most importantly, provide opportunities on research components of these technologies to collaborate possible academic, research, and extension engagements with the College.

As a textile research institute, the PTRI has expanded its partnerships with the academe, particularly in research. The agency is currently conducting a study on the application of various types of mulches for mulberry growth, with the goal of finding the most cost-effective approach to weed suppression and improving the yield of mulberry leaves for silkworm rearing activities. A Joint Research Collaboration (JRC) will be formed soon in terms of both parties’ deliverables.

It was also explicitly discussed and emphasized that students can participate through theses or faculty-initiated researches from PTRI’s various researchable areas related to crop improvement and production, crop protection, animal nutrition, and entrepreneurial value-adding and marketing aspects. All of this can be incorporated into the soon-to-be-forged JRC.

As stated in the university’s ongoing innovation mandate, this collaboration with PTRI may contribute to the growing number of opportunities for USTP to produce innovation outputs from research on mulberry, silkworm, and cocoons, which will soon be available for utility model, patenting, and commercialization.

Some key faculty members, including Mr. Junerie C. Palma, Special Assistant to the Dean; Mr. Jover B. Jabagat, Department Chair of AgriTech; and Mr. Lasaro A. Gomez, Department Chair of Horticulture Management, took part in the initial discussion with the College. The initial results of this benchmarking may also be cascaded to the rest of the College’s constituents for possible integration.