R2R Team participated in the Claveria Tree Nursery, Inc. (CTNi) Macrosomatic Cloning Training conducted for Dole Philippines Inc’s Research Department on October 24-26, 2018 at Mahintana Conference Room and Dole Agri Research Center, Poblacion, Polomolok South Cotabato. This training is a preparatory activity on the Corporate and Community Investment on Tree and Environment – Growing Trees for Pallets Program of the company. It was attended by 17 participants from organizations and institutions namely: Dole Agri Research (6), Cannery Community Nursery (5), Matutum Coffee Producers Association (2), Greentropics Coffee Enterprise (1), Dole Community Relations (1) and Mahintana Foundation, Inc. (2). The resource speakers from CTNi were Forester Ebenezer A. Tabilla, Nursery head and Agriculturist Rex C. Hilot, Extension Forester. This training aims to capacitate the Research Department of the company and several community partners on the techniques and process of Macrosomatic Cloning.
In Macrosomatic Cloning, cuttings (meristems) are obtained from a good mother tree and enhanced to produce more tissues, which further differentiate themselves and become an individual plant or clone of the mother tree. Thus, this will accelerate the propagation of endemic species of trees in the area.