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The PCRDF Central Laboratory houses five modules, namely:
the Microbiology &Biotechnology module, Product Research & Development,
Embryo/Tissue Culture, the Analytical Chemistry module and the Pilot plant.
Each module is dedicated to different areas of basic and applied coconut research.
The COCOLAB also offers technical assistance and services to the industry.
Microbiology and Biotechnology
The Microbiology and Biotechnology module monitors the microbial
stability of food and non-food products developed in the laboratory, specifically
the Product Development module. It also develops antimicrobial products from
coconut using microorganisms and enzymes. The microbiologist maintains a collection
of bacteria some of which are used for the analysis of products.
Product Development Module
The module aims to develop marketable products and transfer
technology to coconut users. It focuses on the food and non-food application
The Embryo / Tissue Culture Module conducts research on the improvement of the growth of makapuno and normal coconut in vitro. PCRDF's Central Laboratory has a 98% makapuno germination rate. The over-all success rate of makapuno propagation is 76%.
The Wet Chemistry and Instrumentation sections comprise
the Analytical Chemistry Module of COCOLAB. The chemist conducts different
physical and chemical analyses and synthesis of materials using highly-advanced
and precise instruments