Two DOST-Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI) researchers have won major awards in international conferences held recently.

Technology Innovation Division’s Alexis B. Dorado bagged the Best Research Paper Presentation in the 2023 International Conference on Resources and Environmental Research (ICRER) held at Hong Kong, China from 2-4 December 2023.

Dorado presented the paper titled "Sustainable Wood Stain Derived from Natural Dyes for Green Applications" that details how Philippine natural dyes can become a viable and eco-friendly alternative to primary colorants in wood stain formulations. She won under the "Wastewater, Oil Pollution and Green Technology” category.

Meanwhile, Material Science Division’s Kim Wilmer M. Balagot won 1st runner-up in the e-poster competition during the 17th ASEAN Food Conference in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.

Balagot presented the poster “Evaluation of Physico-chemical Properties, Total Phenolic Content, Antioxidant Capacity and Acute Oral Toxicity of Bignay [Antidesma bunius (L.) Spreng.] Wine Aged from Philippine Wooden Barrels”.

The study presents DOST-FPRDI’s new wine-aging technology that uses wooden barrels made from Philippine tree species such as mahogany, mangium and santol. Aside from Balagot, Kimberly M. Delica, Dr. Erlinda L. Mari, Engr. Caezar A. Cuaresma, Melvie C. Emprese, Ma. Jenny Q. Canizares and Neil C. Tanquilut were also involved in the study.

The ASEAN Food Conference "aims to discuss the current and emerging issues, and the role of food science and technology in enhancing sustainable food supply chain, that is affordable to all." ### (Apple Jean C. Martin- de Leon)