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IA prof talks at PAASE 36th APAMS

Prof. Rex Ferdinand M. Traifalgar, faculty member and Director of the Institute of Aquaculture, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, UP Visayas, delivered a talk at the 36th Annual Meeting and Symposium (36th APAMS) of the Philippine-American Academy of Science and Engineering (PAASE) on July 14-15, 2017 at the Manila Hotel, Metro Manila.

Traifalgar discussed about the “Production and Evaluation of High-Protein Fermented Sweet Potato (Proen-K) as Feed Ingredient for Economically Important Aquatic Organisms.” He said the project is about the biotechnological conversion of agricultural biomass (sweet potato with 3-6% protein) into a high protein feed material containing 18-40% protein.

“This fermented biomass could be incorporated in fish fed to about 50% of the total feed ingredient. The present work suggests that biomass fermentation could be a strategy to produce high-protein feed materials for the diets of tilapia, shrimp, milkfish, and this technology could be a solution to the shortage of feed materials for aquaculture use,” he added.

The project was one of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) projects chosen to be presented at the conference. With the theme, “Converging Academe-Government-Industry S&T Stakeholders to Accelerate Philippine Innovation,” the conference was participated in by foreign-based PAASE scientists and engineers and local PAASE members, S&T faculty, researchers, educators, government officials, and industry leaders.

PAASE is a voluntary, non-profit organization of Filipino scientists and engineers here and abroad. It is working to advance science and technology development in the Philippines. It aims to converge the academe with science and engineering-based industries in the Philippines in collaboration with the Philippine government to accelerate use of research and innovation in improving the Filipinos’ quality of life. (With sources from CFOS-IA)

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