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08-August-2011 SEARCA BIC Media Release

The Philippine National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) recently conferred the title of Academician to Dr. Ernesto J. Del Rosario, a distinguished scientist known for his research contributions in physical chemistry and industrial biotechnology. Dr. Del Rosario is one of the country’s leading experts in biofuels and recognized through his novel research and development works on bioethanol fermentation processes using saccharine, starch substrates, as well as agricultural wastes. Further, he studied the preparation, application and production of important enzymes such as alpha-amylase, glucoamylase, cellulose and xylanase needed for bioethanol production. Notably, he holds two patents for his inventions on low cost fermentation process and the purification and stabilization of alpha-amylase.

Other newly-conferred NAST Academicians were Dr. Aura Matias of the University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD) for her contributions in the field of industrial engineering, and Dr. Agnes Rola of the UP Los Baños (UPLB), for her body of works devoted to agricultural economics and sustainable community development. Similarly, Dr. Eduardo Mendoza, who is based in Germany, was conferred the title of ‘Corresponding Member’ for his outstanding scientific achievements in mathematics and systems biology.

The conferment was made during the culminating ceremonies of the 33rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the NAST, the country’s highest advisory and recognition body on science and technology, held at the Manila Hotel on 14 July 2011. The latest scientific meeting focused on the challenges of agricultural productivity, competitiveness and sustainability. (Jenny A. Panopio and Rochella B. Lapitan)

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Ms. Jenny A. Panopio
Special Project Coordinator and BIC Network Administrator
SEARCA Biotechnology Information Center
College 4031, Laguna, PHILIPPINES
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