Project to prevent stunted growth and microbial infection in farmed shrimp kicks off

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By Estrella Z. Gallardo


A project envisioned to come up with a practical approach to prevent stunted growth and microbial infection in farmed shrimp in the country kicked off recently.

The newly-approved project titled, “Transcriptome and Gut Metagenome Profile of Penaeus vannamei Exposed to Fluctuating Environmental Temperatures”.

The project inception meeting led by Angel Queenee Dequito at the University of the Philippines Visayas, Iloilo City on August 28, 2019. The meeting was led by the Inland Aquatic Resources Research Division (IARRD) of the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAARRD).

(From Left to right) Ms. Mary Antonette Atilano, Research Assistant; Ms. Arlene N. Avanceña, Budget Officer; Ms. Esterlina I. Ganvez, Supply Officer; Ms. Angel Queenee D. Dequito, Project Leader; Dr. Adelaida T. Calpe, Industry Strategic S&T Program (ISP) Manager of Shrimp; Ms. Jocelyn T. Genesila, Chief Accountant, and Dr. Rex Ferdinand Traifalgar, UPV-Institute of Aquaculture (UPV-IA) Director. (Image credit: Genevic R. Obrero, IARRD, PCAARRD)

This project is one of the anchor projects of the Philippine Genome Center (PGC) Visayas and is being funded by DOST.

Dr. Adelaida T. Calpe, Senior Science Research Specialist and Head of the Monitoring and Evaluation Unit of IARRD-PCAARRD presented the DOST Guidelines and the rules and regulations in the implementation of Grants-in-Aid (GIA)-funded projects and discussed the roles of researchers, implementing agency, collaborating agencies, and PCAARRD in the implementation of the project.

They also finalized the project’s methodology, work plan, and changes in the approved project. (PPCI)

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