By Estrella Z. Gallardo
A project to ensure high quality planting stocks of endangered tree species, ‘Makaasim’ and ‘Batikuling,’ is being monitored and funded by the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAARRD).
The project, “S&T Interventions on the Production of Quality Planting Materials of Two Important Forest Tree Species [Makaasim (Syzygium nitidum Benth) and Batikuling (Litsea leytensis Merr.)] Indigenous in Mt. Banahaw de Lucban,” will provide a scientific way of producing high quality planting stocks of indigenous trees for tree plantation.
Makaasim and Batikuling are expected to develop rooting protocols for cloned Makaasim and Batikuling tree species and produce high quality planting stocks of indigenous forest tree species by this year.
A team from PCAARRD recently visited Southern Luzon State University, In relation to the monitoring activities of the project.
Project leader Forester Kathreena Gutierrez, during the visit reported that the enhancement of clonal nursery and rooting facilities was 60% complete, while the test on varying concentrations of rooting hormone and mycorrhiza formulation in rooting Batikuling and Makaasim stem cuttings is 73% complete.
The hedge garden, cloned nursery and rooting facilities and recovery areas of Makaasim and Batiluling tree species were visited by the PCAARRD monitoring team lead by Dr. Leila America. (MegaManila Science Journalists)
Photo: For. Kathreena Gutierrez and staff while showing SLSU’s hedge garden with Batikuling seedlings