55TH PSAS Scientific Seminar and Annual Convention.



Staff of the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR), led by Mr. Anthony B. Obligado, head of the Technology Commercialization Division; and Dr. Rhea D. Desalesa of the Program Development Division, participated in the 55th Philippine Society of Animal Science (PSAS) Scientific Seminar and Annual Convention held on 17-18 October 2018 at the Grand Menseng Hotel, Davao City.

One of the highlights of the event was the awarding of the best paper awards wherein Dr. Amado A. Angeles and his team from the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) won the Best Paper Award under the Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry category.

The scientific paper, “Volatile Fatty Acids and Total Sugars in the Rumen Fluid of Dairy Cows Fed Water Hyacinth [Eichhornia crassipes (Mart.) Solms] and Banana (Musa sp.) Pseudostem presented by Ms. Caren R. Tumambing is a component study of a BAR-funded project titled “Feeding Value of Banana Stalk and Water Lily in Dairy Cattle” lead by Dr. Angeles. The project which aims to assess and evaluate the potential of banana stalk and water lily as feed ingredients in dairy cattle.

Two other papers under the BAR-supported project were presented, highlighting the results of in situ nutrient degradability trials and the effect of feeding water hyacinth on the growth performance of dairy bull calves.

BAR has also supported four related projects in response to the directive of Department of Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol to conduct researches on the utilization of banana stalk and water lily as a source of feeds and fiber. The University of Southern Mindanao (USM) and Pampanga State Agricultural University (PSAU) are conducting similar research on goats, the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) on buffalo, and the Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority (PhilFIDA) on banana and water lily utilization as a source of fiber. ###

Ms. Caren R. Tumambing and her co-authors receiving the Best Paper Award under the Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry Category with Dr. Enrico P. Supangco, PSAS president and Dr. Ester B. Flores, PSAS vice president and president elect.

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