Tuesday, March 12, 2013

IRRI staff and thesis student recognized by pest management body

Joel Janiya of IRRI (third from left).
Joel Janiya, senior associate scientist (extension agronomy) at IRRI's Crop and Environmental Sciences Division (CESD), received the Pest Management Award in Extension and Community Services during the Annual Conference of the Pest Management Council of the Philippines (PMCP). He was recognized for his achievements in training and transfer of the Consortium for Unfavorable Rice Environments (CURE) and the Irrigated Rice Research Consortium (IRRC) technologies across Southeast Asia and East Asia.

Dr. Janiya is a member of the IRRI-Philippines Rice Self-Sufficiency Technical Working Team that helps the Philippine government build capacity and transfer technologies for irrigated, rainfed, and upland rice to Filipino farmers. These efforts are made in collaboration with the Agricultural Training Institute and PhilRice, both under the Philippine Department of Agriculture. 

Joel has been conducting training activities and technology demonstrations on weed management, pest management, and rice production for IRRC and upland rice weed management and community-based seed banking for CURE.

Kevin Salamanez (center).
Also from CESD, Kevin Salamanez won the PMCP Best Paper Award in Weed Science for his work, Effect of propyrisulfuron on growth and acetolactate synthase activity of three rice (Oryza sativa L.) cultivars and five weeds.

Kevin is a chemistry student at the University of the Philippines Los BaƱos (UPLB) who did his master’s thesis at the Weed Science Screenhouse and Laboratory under the guidance of David Johnson, CURE project leader, and Abdelbagi Ismail, STRASA project leader. 

In UPLB, he is advised by Evelyn Rodriguez, a professor at the Institute of Chemistry, Aurora Baltazar, adjunct professor in weed science at the Crop Protection Cluster.

The PMCP is composed of entomologists, plant pathologists, weed scientists, household pest control practitioners, and representatives of the pesticide industry. The PMCP conference was held in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, on 5-8 March 2013. 

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