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Two science and technology projects of the University were included in the five projects highlighted by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) – CALABARZON during the 2021 Regional Science and Technology Week (RSTW) celebration last month.

The said projects, both developed in collaboration with DOST-CALABARON, are the Field-Test Kit for Detection of Methanol Contamination in Alcoholic Beverages by Dr. Hosea D. Matel and DOST–Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) science research specialist Jon Uriel Layos and the Tissue Culture Growth Chamber for Mass Propagation of Coffee and Makapuno by the National Coffee Research, Development, and Extension Center. Other featured S&T projects announced by Regional Director Emelita P. Bagsit during the event include the DOST Technology in the Region for Upscaling of Community Knowledge (DOSTRUCK); CALABARZON Food Solutions Hub (CFOSH) Vacuum Freeze Drying Facilities; and Gulayan sa Pamayanan Project with Caritas Manila, Inc.

Although still in the development phase, the field test kit intends to provide an easy and affordable way for local lambanog distillers to determine the methanol content in their product samples. The tissue culture growth chamber, on the other hand, aims to produce disease-free coffee and makapuno seedlings in shorter period of time.

Moreover, the University, through Dr. Ruel M. Mojica, will be providing technical assistance in the DOSTRUCK, a food safety-compliant and mobile food processing hub, currently run by the local government unit of Magallanes, Cavite.