VSU President Tulin receives his award for Outstanding RDE Paper from the ViCARP-RRDEN Secretariat represented by Ms. Elmira Y. Bañoc.

It’s a winner takes all for VSU this year.

Visayas State University researchers bag all the awards during the 32nd Regional Research, Development, and Extension (RDE) Symposium held on March 23 and 24, 2021 via Zoom.

This annual research competition was jointly presented by the Visayas Consortium for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Program (ViCARP) and the Regional Research, Development, and Extension Network (RRDEN).

Despite being held online, a total of 201 virtual participants joined in the event where 11 research papers and 36 scientific posters were presented to an esteemed panel of judges from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Agriculture (DA), and the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD).

VSU President Edgardo E. Tulin and his team clinched the Outstanding RDE Paper in the Research Project category for their paper on “Biochemical Characterization and Phytochemical Profiling of Underutilized Root and Tuber Crops for Increased Utilization and Product Development Option.”

Meanwhile, former VSU President Jose L. Bacusmo and his team were awarded as Outstanding RDE Paper in the Development Project Category for their paper on “Strengthening Linkages Among Farmers, Government, and Industry Sectors for Inclusive and Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development in Inopacan, Leyte.”

Lastly, VSU Graduate School Dean Anabella B. Tulin and her team win the Best RDE Poster among 36 scientific posters that were pitched and presented in this regional research conference. The winning poster was about the “Effects of Zn, Fe, Cu, and B Biofortification on the Yield, Crop Quality, and Anthocyanin Contents of Purple Sweet Potato.”

Rounding up the winners for the scientific poster competition were the entries of President Tulin’s team who took home both second and third places, then another poster from Dean Tulin’s team landed 4th place, and completing the awardees was the poster of Dr. Julie D. Tan and her team in 5th place.

Coincidentally, all the winning research papers and the scientific posters were entries coming from the Philippine Root Crops Research and Training Center (PhilRootcrops) here in VSU.

The 32nd ViCARP-RRDEN Regional RDE Symposium is funded and supported by PCAARRD and the DA Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR).

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