The Museum of Natural History recently held a special training on "Identification and Preservation of Pests of Stored Products" for five researchers of the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PHilMech) based in Munoz, Nueva Ecija last 7-8 December 2017. The participants were from the Food Protection Division of PHilMech: Mia V. Dela Cruz, Luther A. Lacanilao, Vicky G. Mesa, Jackielyn P. Ponce, and Benny P. Roderos

Most often, stored products pests are insects which can cause contamination thereby making the goods unmarketable or lower in value. Because the economic significance of stored product pests highlights the need to collect and identify them properly, the training focused on the identification of different insects thriving in stored products and the demonstration and practice of various preservation techniques for display and voucher specimen collection.

Dr. Ireneo L. Lit, Jr., curator of the Museum's entomological collection and one of the resource persons said that the course was specifically designed for professionals that assist in regulation and monitoring of the quality of commonly stored produce; professionals who are into pest control services; teachers of Biology, Entomology and Food Technology; and other related fields and students who wish to learn more on stored product pests.

According to the participants, the training they have received will be useful in their ongoing studies and in their center's efforts to establish a museum of insects associated with stored products. The training, according to them, has enhanced their skills in the proper handling and preservation of insect pests of stored products.

Aside from Dr. Lit, the other member of the training team included curators Dr. Aimee Lynn B. Dupo, Dr. Sheryl A. Yap and Prof. Ivy Amor F. Lambio; research associates Jeremy Carlo B. Naredo, Cristian C. Lucanas and Kristine O. Abenis; museum technician Orlando L. Eusebio; and extension specialist Florante A. Cruz.


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