GMANews.TV: Biotechnology tapped to develop alternative fuels

August 1, 2008 at 6:43 am 1 comment

According to a news item from GMANews.TV, Filipino scientists from UP and Ateneo are “in the thick of the search for alternative fuels,” combing the resources of our archipelago for microbiological materials. The Philippines is considered a biodiversity hotspot, however, much of it can offer remains untapped, and unfortunately, also under threat from practices that harm the ecological balance. According to the news, biotechnology advocates are “pushing for the extraction of oil from malunggay seeds, which have 35 percent oil content, and these have edged out jatropha plants as viable sources of biodiesel.” Former Philippine agriculture secretary William Dar is “pushing for sweet sorghum as an energy source, particularly now that global heating is luring researchers into taking a good look at tropical plants for fuel.”

Dr. Dar’s work as Director General ofthe International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) near Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh, India, is well known and this September he will be a guest speaker at AyalaTBI’s Innovation Forum in Makati and Cagayan de Oro.


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  • 1. Michi Barcelon  |  August 1, 2008 at 10:45 am

    Dr. Willie Dar’s talk next month is an opportune moment to hear a respected expert’s views on food issues and the entire agribusiness scenario for the Philippines. His initiatives and success at ICRISAT are worth emulating.


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