Executive Director, Dr. Cheryl Lazaga Eusala, alongside, Dr. Jill Villanueva presented significant research papers during the conference. These papers shed light on critical issues affecting rubber farming communities and highlighted innovative solutions to improve productivity and sustainability in the industry.

Multidimensional Poverty Analysis of Rubber Farming Households in Makilala, Cotabato, Philippines: Presented under the socio-economic session, this paper provided valuable insights into the socio-economic conditions of rubber farming households in Makilala, Cotabato, Philippines. Dr. Eusala’s research aimed to identify and address the multidimensional aspects of poverty within these communities, offering potential pathways for upliftment and empowerment.

Prevalence of Major Rubber Diseases and Insect Pests in the Philippines, and Diversity of Pestalotiopsis Pathogen Causing Leaf Fall Disease of Rubber: Presented during Session I, this paper delved into the prevalent diseases and insect pests affecting rubber cultivation in the Philippines. Dr. Villanueva’s comprehensive study provided insights into the diversity of the Pestalotiopsis pathogen responsible for the leaf fall disease, offering critical information for disease management and prevention strategies.

PRRI also showcased its research findings through poster presentations. On 20th February 2024, Dr. Jill D. Villanueva and Dr. Cheryl L. Eusala presented 2 studies focusing on the encroachment of Pestalotiopsis leaf fall disease of rubber in the Philippines. These posters provided visual representations of PRRI’s ongoing efforts to understand and combat this destructive disease, offering potential solutions to safeguard rubber plantations.

In addition to paper and poster presentations, PRRI actively participated in panel discussions and breakout sessions addressing various facets of rubber research and development. Dr. Cheryl L. Eusala contributed her expertise to the Crop Improvement I session, showcasing PRRI’s dedication to enhancing rubber crop quality and productivity. Jess Bryan Alvarino and Jose Remollo III participated in the Socio-economic breakout session, focusing on socio-economic issues impacting rubber farming communities. Meanwhile, Ms. Melanie L. Santos engaged in discussions during the Socio-economic Breakout Session I, offering insights into strategies for sustainable development within the rubber sector. Dr. Jill D. Villanueva, on the other hand, contributed to the Plant Protection Session I, highlighting PRRI’s efforts in mitigating the impact of pests and diseases on rubber cultivation.

PRRI’s active participation in the IRC 2024 underscores its commitment to driving innovation and excellence in the rubber industry. Through groundbreaking research, insightful discussions, and impactful presentations, PRRI continues to lead the way in advancing scientific knowledge and fostering sustainable development within the global rubber community.

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