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How is Coconut Methyl Ester (CME) made?

Coconut Methyl Ester (CME) is made through the process of Transesterification, it converts coconut oil into a fuel through the reaction on its various fatty acid content with the alcohol to form a mixture of lighter esters and glycerol. And the name of the specific fuel is called after the plant (or animal) source plus the alcohol just like the Coconut + Methyl Ester = CME.

How can the rapid spreading of Brontispa be controlled?

Thru the efforts of the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) with all the coconut organizations in the country, they have came across of unleashing the rage of Earwig, through massive reproduction. The so-called Brontispa Terminator is the local natural predator of Brontispa which feeds up its larvae.

What is coconut leaf beetle?

Coconut leaf beetle or scientifically known as Brontispa has a flat and slender beetle generally one centimeter long which eats soft tissues of coconut fronds (palaspas o talbos) enough to kill the coconut. Today, it is quite alarming of its rapid spreading throughout the country that ravages the entire coconut industry.

Is coconut a palm or a tree?

Although, this aspect is still considered debatable however there are many books and references acknowledge coconut belongs to the family of Palmae having an unbranched trunk crowned by large pinnate or palmate leaves. It is extensively cultivated in tropical regions for food, beverages, oil, thatching, fiber, utensils, or ornament and nowadays as a source of fuel in engines.

What is the most ideal and effective fertilizer on coconuts?

Application of chlorine-supplying fertilizers such as sodium chloride (NaCl) or common table salt is the most ideal and practical way of accelerating flowering, increasing coconut copra yield, minimizing diseases of palms, and improving drought tolerance. Also utilization of common table salt (sodium chloride) as a fertilizer can also reduce and control of leaf spot disease in coconut seedlings.

What is the most valued coconut variety?

Makapuno is the most valued coconut variety. It is a type of coconut with creamy, soft and thick meat that almost fills the entire shell of the coconut fruit. A versatile product, in which its meat is commonly used for making ice cream, and an ingredient for halo-halo, cakes, breads, pastries and other desserts. And today, through the development of embryo-cultured makapuno, there has been a great demand for this in the local and international market.