The first twelve months of project implementation is focused on chemical profiling of potential novel antimicrobial and insecticidal compounds produced by Actinobacteria collection of BIOTECH. Samples of crude extracts prepared from microbial isolates were sent to the University of Warwick for chemical analysis. The analysis revealed that some of the microbial isolates produce interesting compounds. At the same time, local research collaboration with Dela Salle University has resulted to the discovery of a few actinobacteria strains that produce compounds highly insecticidal to the cacao insect pest, Helopeltis bakeri. A seminar and mini-symposium was held last year at UPLB and UP Diliman, respectively to promote the importance of microbial natural products research in human health and agriculture.
Taken together, the first year of the collaboration has improved the research capacity of Philippine researchers by acquisition of new laboratory equipment and sharing of research protocols by UoW counterpart.