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Research Title Embarking on the Establishment of a DNA/RNA Repository for Philippine Medicinal Plants (Year 3 of 3)
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Research Duration Start:
1 December 2017
14 August 2018
Research Location UPD-NIMBB
Research Description This project aims to establish the first DNA bank for Philippine medicinal plants. The full value of DNA banks as a resource for conservation and research has yet to be realized especially in the Philippines, which houses more than 1,500 indigenous medicinal plants. DNA banks is seen to provide a valuable resource for future genomics programmes, provide access to a range of genetically diverse material and improve our understanding of biodiversity. It will further be utilized for the enhancement of breeding programmes and in some cases, for biotechnological application.
Research Objectives a) Collect and store tissues from living plant samples; b) Standardize protocol fro DNA/RNA extractions from living and voucher plant specimens for long-term viability and availability; c) Collect and store DNA/RNA; d) Sequence chloroplast genes for barcoding; e) Establish a molecular marker-based system (through conventional assay or next generation sequencing) for authentication; f) Monitor the quality of DNA/RNA stored in the biobank; g) Establish a database management system for all collections (linked to Project 5)
Research Beneficiary(ies) a) Researchers working on plants in general in general and local medicinal plants, in particular; b) Students and the general public for knowledge of plants and their conservation; c) Entrepreneurs who may have interest in knowing the habit and agro-cultural needs of particular plant species; d) Policy makers, for example on herbal medicine, whose experience can further be enriched by a direct exposure to medicinal plants; e) Academe; f) Pharmaceutical industry.
Research Accoplishments [CY 2017] a) At least 1 article published in peer-reviewed journal; b) Training of research personnel and students on botanical identification, preparation of herbarium specimen, detection of variation within species, propagation of selected plant species; c) Biobanked samples/specimens for development/further research, and other applications; d)Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) on collection, processing, storage, maintenance, sharing and distribution of biospecimens to support future scientific investigation; e) IP on geographical indication; f) Functional biorepository facilities of Philippine herbal medicine's live plants, seeds, DNA/RNA, plant extracts/compounds with data management and database backup systems in place; g) Accessioned herbarium of voucher specimens of selected plant species; h) A display cabinet on medicinal plants, the proposed Network and updates in this field; i) Academic/research institutions partnership/network involving IBS-UPB, RCNAS-UST, IB-UPD, DSCF-PGC and MSIUPD
Total Research Cost ₱1,984,259.30
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Code DG CY2020 7654
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Priority Thrust DOST

Sector Applied Sciences
Actual Sector Plant Science
Related sectors Medical Science
Entry revision: February 2021