TCTO RECEIVES DOST GRANT AND ESTABLISH SeaRDeC
The Mindanao State University in Tawi-Tawi received a 3-year P57.1M grant from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Science for Change (S4C) - Niche Centers in the Region (NICER) Program to establish the Seaweed Research and Development Center (SeaRDeC). The Center is headed by Dr. Sitti Zayda B. Halun, the Director for Research and Professor at the Institute of Oceanography and Environmental Science and will be monitored by the DOST Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD).
SeaRDec has three component projects: P1: Optimization of laboratory and land-based nursery culture technologies of Kappaphycus spp. and Eucheuma denticulatum (Prof. Karen B. Serag, Project Leader); P2: Molecular characterization, selection, and production of Kappaphycus spp. and Eucheuma denticulatum cultivars in the BARMM (Dr. Richard V. Dumilag, Project Leader), and P3: Optimization of post-harvest handling of Kappaphycus spp. and Eucheuma denticulum (Dr. Sitti Zayda B. Halun, Program Leader).
The team will focus on increasing seaweed production, improving the quality of raw dried seaweeds (RDs) to meet the Philippine national quality standards for RDs, and promoting a commercially sustainable cultivated seaweed industry in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM). The SeaRDeC will also provide trainings for seaweed farmers, faculty, researchers, and students on laboratory and hatchery culture, farm management and post-harvest handling of seaweeds.