Four students from the AdZU College of Science and Information Technology (CSIT) pave the way for research and development under the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD) Undergraduate Thesis Grant In Natural Products, for their researches in studying the antifungal and antibacterial effects of local fruits and plant parts.
The two researches, endorsed by the Zamboanga Consortium for Health Research and Development (ZCHRD) and the DOST IX, which qualified for the grant, are as follows:
• “Antifungal effects of Soursoup (Annona Muricata L.) leaf, Durian (Durio zibethinus Murr.) fruit hull and sugar apple (Annona squamosal L.) seed extracts” by Fatima Dia Ahaja, Rania Malali, and Jamaica Delos Reyes (Adviser)
• “Antibacterial, antioxidant and cytotoxicity activities of Dieffenbachia longispatha Engl. & K. Krause (Dumb Canes)” by Candeline Galvan, Najwa Molina and Dr. Rosario Espinosa (Adviser)
Representatives from the DOST-PCHRD, DOST IX, ZCHRD, and AdZU Research Center were present during the discussion of the content of the Memorandum of Agreement between the researchers and DOST-PCHRD. The researchers will receive a thesis grant amounting to P50,000.00 to finish their studies.
Present during the meeting were the students and their advisers; Lucila E. Roja, Senior Science Research Specialist of DOST-PCHRD; Mary Ruth G. Cabrela, Accountant 1 of DOST-PCHRD; Marie Jeanne B. Berroya, Senior Science Research Specialist of the Institution Development Division of DOST-PCHRD; John Apolinario, Research Coordinator of DOST IX; Fr Marcos Louis D Catalan SJ, AdZU Vice President for Higher Education; Teresita Montaño, Ateneo Research Center Director and Zamboanga Consortium for Health Research and Development (ZCHRD) Chair; and Maria Adeliza F Deles, Natural Sciences Department Chair.