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Genetic Fingerprinting Laboratory

In the light of NFRDI’s mission and vision to achieve sustainable livelihood for the Filipino fisherfolks, the Genetic Fingerprinting Laboratory specializes on molecular and genetic research to improve and better understand Aquaculture and the fisheries as whole in the Philippine setting. The Laboratory’s main focus is to provide baseline DNA databases, genetic profiles and population structures for important aquatic organisms, which may be used for diversity conservation, estimation of the current status of our fisheries and useful applications in Biotechnology.

Currently, it is home to three projects: “Genetic Fingerprinting of Commercially Important / Endangered Aquatic Species in the Philippines, Gene Expression Profiling of Pathogenic Virus ‘Resistant’ Shrimp and Genetic Stock Structures of Yellowfin (Thunnus albacares) and Bigeye (Thunnus obesus) tunas in Philippine Waters.” The latter two are being done in partnership with DOST.

Under the Marine Fisheries Research and Development Division (MFRDD) of NFRDI, it houses fundamental tools for genomic analyses including 2 thermal cyclers, gel electrophoresis chambers, and a gel documentation system. The lab is headed by Dr. Mudjekeewis D. Santos with special support from Ms. Grace V. Lopez and Ms. Minerva Fatimae Ventolero.

Oceanography Laboratory

A healthy aquatic ecosystem is a prerequisite to sustainable fisheries. The NFRDI plays a key role in conserving the aquatic environment which involves continuous assessment to determine the status and finding solutions to environmental degration.

Functions:

  • Determination of biological, physical and chemical indicators that may affect fisheries productivity and establish database
  • Ichtchyoplankton determination to identify spawning grounds of commercially important species of fish.
  • Determination of nutrient levels from aquaculture sites that may affect the quality of coastal water.
  • Determination of chlorophyll levels in water and correlate with phytoplankton blooms. Identification of phytoplankton assemblage in waters to determine dominant species in water.
  • Culture experiment of plankton species for the development of molecular techniques for the detection of HAB organisms.
  • Assessment of microbenthic domant life stage of dinoflagellates and foraminferans assemblages in the sediments/ bottom sustrate ecosystem focusing on HAB species on a horizontal and vertical scales.

Postharvest Laboratory

Processing of prime quality and safe seafood product is vital in sustaining the countrys competitiveness in the global fish trade. As the world population grows, demand for processed fish products increases. Improvement of post harvest production is essential to achieve a sustainable developed process which will contribute and enhance food security and income growth. However, the production of seafood does not end after its capture. Understanding the post harvest changes that occur in fish/aquatic product is important in developing appropriate measures to preserve the quality, ensure safety product of the finished products to reduce losses.

Functions:

  • Formulate/develop value-added products from all varieties of fish including low value, underutilized fish species, by-catches, fish processing waste (Fish trimmings, shrimp shells, oils etc.) to include flavor technologies, storage/Modified atmosphere Packaging (MAP), marketing and distribution.
  • Formulate/develop value-added products from all varieties of fish including low value, underutilized fish species, by-catches, fish processing waste (Fish trimmings, shrimp shells, oils etc.) to include flavor technologies, storage/Modified atmosphere Packaging (MAP), marketing and distribution.
  • Conduct verification and pilot scale production of new technologies based on the scientific findings of the research and development component to benefit rural fishermen, small processors and other stakeholder.
  • Identify, isolate, and characterize biochemical components (bioactive compounds) from fish and other fishery resources for utilization into food supplements/nutraceuticals and pharmaceuticals/or items other than foods.
  • Conduct collaborative researches with local and international agencies on special fishery projects and programs.

 The lab is headed by Dr. Ulyssess M. Montojo with support from Ms. Flordeliza Cambia.

Biochemistry Laboratory

Marine products are important food resources and one of the healthiest and most popular sources of protein worldwide. However, seafood is also vulnerable to contamination due to natural toxins and other contaminants in the aquatic environment. The continuous degration of near-shore waters caused by the increase in population and human activities in the coastal areas is responsible for the production of potentially unsafe seafood products. The presence of natural toxins brought about by the occurrence of harmful algal bloom (HAB) or red tide also possess serious threat to seafood safety.

Functions:

  • Development of a technology to depurate contaminated shellfish of lower concentration using bioactive metabolites.
  • Feeding expiriments of shellfishes not affected by blooms of Pyrodinium bahamense var. compressum.
  • Determination of the localization of paralytic shellfish toxins (PST) in large species of bivalves.
  • Characterization of toxins from commonly eaten species of puffers and determination of its localization in fishes parts using HPLC.
  • Isolation of glucosamine from shrimp and crab shells.

The lab is headed by Dr. Ulyssess M. Montojo with support from Ms. Flordeliza Cambia.