The PPS BOD for 2009-2010 had to make some adjustments with regards to reassigning of tasks. Dr. Christian Joseph "Chris" Cumagun resigned to pursue his post doctorate studies in Japan while Ms. Ariene "Yhen" Castillo requested for a leave of absence because of a new job in Singapore.
As BOD officers/members, they were very dedicated and worked hard to achieve and promote the objectives of the society. Dr. Cumagun was the editor in chief of the Journal of Tropical Plant Pathology while Ms. Castillo was the society's secretary. To acknowledge their untiring support to the society, the other officers and board members hosted a separate despedida for each of them.
The Philippine Phytopathological Society conducted a training course on Seed Health Testing last 1-4 September 2009 at UP Los Banos.
Topics included were objectives, importance, and detection methods of seed health testing. Ms. Patria G. Gonzales of Seed Health Unit, IRRI served as the trainor/coordinator for this training course.
A situation that calls for the application of appropriate disease management, with the proper diagnostic approach needs various plant protection resources – one of which is human resource that banks on accumulated technical knowledge, skills, and capabilities. The need to enhance the above is this year's training offering by the society.
The training course was structured to help those who had a first glimpse of the different seed health testing methods, techniques, and applications. Course content included lectures (40%) and "hands on" benchwork (60%).
Participants in this training course were researchers from Cornworld Breeding Systems, Inc., Hyrice Seed Technology, Inc., and East West Seed, Co.