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A cheap, user-friendly, and robust paper-based device that can be used by small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in determining the total polyphenol content (TPC) of tea-based beverages – specifically, sweet potato leaf extract (SPLE)-based tea beverage products - was developed by researchers from the University of the Philippines.
In their study on “Paper-based Device for the Detection and Quantification of Total Polyphenols in Plant-based Beverages for Potential Use in Quality Assurance Purposes,” a team of researchers saw the need for local manufacturers to assess the polyphenol content of their product to ensure food quality. Since such assessment devices are often costly, the team developed a similar device which can be both reliable and affordable for the SMEs.
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By Karl Vincent S. Mendez, DOST-TAPI
Local stories of science and technology from across the country were the champions of the very first Gawad ALUNIG x DALUMAT organized by the Technology Application and Promotion Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-TAPI) on 13 May 2022 at the Novotel Manila Araneta City, Quezon City.
In line with the Department’s campaign to bring science to the people, DOST-TAPI through the Applied Communications Unit for Inventors (ACU-i) welcomed entries from various school publications and local correspondents nationwide.
Finalists of the Gawad ALUNIG
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Women beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) in Sitio Masasa, Brgy. San Juan, Tingloy, Batangas underwent a training on coconut-based products processing aimed at helping them establish their own community enterprise, held on 17-18 May 2022.
The women beneficiaries were trained on processing of coconut jam, macapuno/buko pastillas, buko yema, macapuno/buko in a jar, and buko juice. The processing technologies used and transferred to the beneficiaries were developed by the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST) of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB). Dr. Florencio C. Reginio, Jr. (Assistant Professor 7) and Prince Joseph V. Gaban (Science Research Specialist I), both from IFST-UPLB served as the resource speakers during the training.
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By Allan Mauro V. Marfal, DOST-STII
A research and development (R&D) output that would strengthen the firepower capabilities of our navy’s small patrol craft in defending the country’s littoral water territories was turned over to the Philippine Navy, an attached branch of the Department of National Defense (DND), on 20 May 2022.
During its 124th anniversary celebration, the Philippine Navy received the miniature version of the Building a Universal Mount for Heavy-Barrel Automated Weapon Integration or BUHAWI from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).