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The OMICS Science and its application to entomological research was the highlight of the interesting lecture of Dr. Ma. Anita M. Bautista during the seminar on Genomics and Proteomics of Onion Armyworm on June 4 at the NCPC Auditorium. Among guest participants are UPLB colleagues from IBS and IWEP, including CAFS Associate Dean for R and E, Dr. Barbara L. Caoili, and other remote guests.

Dr. Bautista is from the Functional Genomics Laboratory of the National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology of the University of the Philippines, Diliman.

The seminar aims, among others, to provide a better understanding of how “omics” technology is applied in developing strategies to manage an insect pest; identify and specify priority areas for onion army worm control; and craft a draft capsule proposal for the genomics and proteomics studies in onion army worm based on identified priority area. Hence, following the lecture is the possible drafting of a capsule proposal by some NCPC personnel for submission to funding agencies.

Special thanks to Dr. Bonifacio F. Cayabyab, retired NCPC researcher for co-facilitating this important seminar. (RG dela Cruz/photos: PM de Chavez, EO Cuerdo)