This is Dr Ebora’s first visit to ACIAR. ‘A lot of ACIAR projects have made a difference in the Philippines,’ he says. ‘In many areas, but especially in horticulture.’
Here’s our CEO Andrew Campbell with Rey Ebora under the ACIAR hallway coconut palm. Photo: ACIAR
ACIAR has done work in the Philippines for many years. We’re already working on projects with local partners on:
- Cryo-preservation of seeds of several tropical fruit species—like mango and papaya, to reduce postharvest disease losses
- Livestock management and biotechnology, and studies on smallholder livestock producers
- Better management practices for natural stands of bamboo
- Managing water resources in Bohol
- Production and improved quality, marketing and market access of fruits and vegetables in Visayas and Mindanao.
|Coconut is traditionally used in Filipino desserts. Buko (coconut) pie was served at ACIAR today.|
‘We have a lot of flooding and serious problems with typhoons,’ says Dr Ebora. ‘Native pigs can survive amongst the debris after a disaster—this has been reported in all areas of disaster by the locals.’
Currently the native pigs roam free, and thrive on neglect, but Dr Ebora is keen to study their DNA and research the different strains. ‘They are very specific to certain islands,’ he says. ‘We can then work on production systems.’
Other priorities for him are coconut genomics, and managing coconut scale insects. Potential areas of collaboration with ACIAR include climate change adaptation and mitigation, and germplasm conservation and development (for the native pigs, chickens, and coconuts).
Dr Ebora has met with ACIAR’s research program managers in the areas of animal health, impact assessments and horticulture. ‘It has been a very fruitful visit,’ says Dr Ebora.
And the coconut pie was pretty tasty too!