Phl hosts 9th Asian biotech confab, Oct 23-28

SCIENTISTS, scholars, extension workers and policy-makers from across the globe will convene in the Philippines for the 9th Asian Reproductive Biotechnology Society (ARBS) conference slated from October 23 to October 28 at Edsa Shangri-la Hotel in Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila.

Established in 2004, the ARBS is a non-profit organization that seeks to promote the educational and scientific interests of the reproductive biotechnology research community throughout Asia.

The conference will underscore the great promises that biotechnology offers in addressing the emerging issues on food, health and biodiversity. It will also highlight the various efforts and innovations that are continuously being undertaken in countries where participants will come from.

The event is organized by the Department of Agriculture’s Philippine Carabao Center (DA-PCC) and Biotechnology Program (DA-Biotech), in partnership with the Philippine Society of Animal Science (PSAS). The conference coincides with the holding of the 49th Annual PSAS Convention.

The participating countries include the Philippines, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, India, Italy, Spain, Portugal, China, Japan, Vietnam, Malaysia, USA, Australia, and the United Arab Emirates.

Scientific papers to be presented are researches and innovations in embryo development, advances in the production of frozen buffalo semen, advances in the development of vitrified mammalian oocytes and embryos in vitro and in vivo, advances in intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), and cloning techniques, among others.

With the wide range of research results to be presented from various countries, the conference will serve as an important venue for public awareness about the vital role of biotechnology–both in humans and animals– in improving food security, health and biodiversity.

The conference also aims to encourage more young scientists to engage in reproductive biotechnology researches, highlight the recent advancements in the different areas of reproductive biotechnologies, and the technological developments in increasing the productivity and profitability of livestock.

It is also expected to enhance opportunities for collaborative research and business activities among scientists, students and practitioners across the Asian region.

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