Weed Ecology and Biology Lab (WEBLab)

The Weed Ecology and Biology Lab (WEBLab) is a laboratory facility for ecological and biological studies of weeds in the Philippines. We are concerned with understanding the mechanisms involved in weed persistence, predominance and occurrence in various environments. We seek to determine what makes a weed survive and proliferate not just in agricultural settings but in various ecosystems.

Current research is on understanding the occurrence, distribution and characteristics of weedy rice in two provinces in Region 4-A: Batangas and Quezon. This research is funded by the UPLB Basic Research Program.

Staff involved in this research includes:
Ms. Priscilla M. Barcial, MSc University Researcher 1 (Retired)
Ms. Clare Hazel R. Tabernilla, Instructor 7

Students in this laboratory and under the mentoship of Analiza H.M. Ramirez:

BSA Major in Weed Science:
Patrice Elline G. Sison
Margust Dela Cerna
Jaycierell Fiona Asuncion

Euzane Macarilay
Elizabeth Portillo
Janeuelle Peras
Patricia May Munoz

MS Agronomy (Weed Science):
Clare Hazel R. Tabernilla
Johannes Mendoza
Andrew Ryan Punzalan
Noelene Anne C. Aram

Other students:
Gillian Joy De Leon, BS Agriculture Major in Agronomy (Weed Science)
Ivy Mudita, PhD Agronomy (Weed Science)
Leylani M. Juliano, PhD Agronomy (by Research)

Epidemiology and Climate Change Lab

The Epidemiology and Climate Change Laboratory does research on plant disease epidemiology, simulation modeling of plant diseases and climate change effects on plant diseases. Examples of plant disease epidemiological research conducted are on the effects of weather factors on currently important plant diseases in the Philippines such as tomato leaf curl, rice blast, rice bacterial leaf blight and chili anthracnose. Plant disease models have been developed for forecasting risk under present climate and climate change conditions. Collaborative research are being conducted with the International Rice Research Institute, National Crop Protection Center, Institute of Plant Breeding and other research institutions.

The following pictures show students conducting field work for their theses on plant disease epidemiology and/or climate change effects on plant disease epidemics.