Project to conserve endangered forest tree species under way

LUCBAN, Quezon—Ensuring the supply of the country’s forest tree resources is a must in order to meet the high demand for quality planting materials of the wood-based industry. 

To achieve this, the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAARRD) funded a project in support of the National Greening Program. 

Titled, “S&T Interventions on the Production of Quality Planting Materials of Two Important Forest Tree Species [Makaasim and Batikuling] Indigenous on Mount Banahaw de Lucban,” the project aims to showcase a scientific way of producing high-quality planting stocks of indigenous trees for tree plantation.

The Southern Luzon State University (SLSU), through For. Kathreena Gutierrez as project leader, is implementing the project.

“We chose makaasim and batikuling, since these tree species are already considered endangered,” Gutierrez said. 

“With SLSU’s existing clonal nursery, we would be able to assist LGUs [local government units], nursery managers and tree farmers to produce any volume of cloned seedlings at any time of the year. By cloning, it can prevent the spread of disease is prevented by producing disease-free and pest-resistant clones,” she added.

As monitoring and funding agency, DOST-PCAARD will work with SLSU in evaluating project deliverables.

The project is expected to develop rooting protocols for cloned batikuling and makaasim and to produce high-quality planting stocks of indigenous forest tree species in July 2019. 

A detailed production cost for nursery production of planting stocks and more data on root and shoot growth of target species are expected by the end of the project. 

 

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