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Research Title Biodiversity and Systematics of Marine Mangrove Fungi and Selected Coastal Areas in Luzon Islands, Philippines and Assessment of their Antimicrobial Activities
Research Personnel Leader:
Dr. Thomas Edison Dela Cruz

Research Duration Start:
1 June 2011
31 May 2012
Research Location Pangasinan, Zambales, Cavite, Camarines Sur, Zamboanga, Metro Manila
Research Description Mangroves are good hosts for many fungal endophytes. These fungi are potential sources of bioactive metabolites which can be tapped by our local pharmaceutical companies as promising new drugs. In our research study, we isolated fungal endophytes from healthy stems and roots of 13 Philippine mangrove species collected in seven coastal provinces in the Philippines. Forty seven mangrove fungal endophytes (MFE) were then culture in vitro for the production of secondary metabolites and screened for their antimicrobial activities using the paper disk diffusion assay. Test microorganisms included gram-positive (B. megaterium, B. subtilis, M. luteus, S. aureus) and gram-negative (E. coli, S. marcescens, K. pneumonia, V. harveyi) bacteria and yeasts (C. albicans, S. cerevisiae).
Research Objectives This research project will pave the way for isolation, identification and biodiversity assessment of marine mangrove fungi in the Philippines, particularly in Luzon Island. It also adds new knowledge and understanding of marine fungal diversity in our country and will bring us in the lines of Asian countries exploring marine mangrove fungi.
Research Beneficiary(ies) Fisherfolk, researchers, pharmaceutical industry
Research Accoplishments Community involvement on correct practices about dengue, behavior change on adults thru information dissemination to correct misconception and risky health behaviors, better knowledge for children thru storytelling using original story books. Establishment of linkages with different agencies with concerns on dengue, data collection for the last 30 years; database related to climate, population and waste in dengue prone areas
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University of Santo Tomas

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Code E-213
KRA Code Poverty Reduction and Empowerment of the Poor
Priority Thrust DOST
Pressing national problems

Sector Natural Sciences
Actual Sector Fisheries
Related sectors Pharmaceutical Industry, Ecology, Environmental
Entry revision: January 2021