Division VI (Agriculture and Forestry) is composed of 243 members who are classified into 121 regular and 122 associate members. About 76% of the members are Ph.D. degree holders. This division has five sections to which the members are classified according to their field of expertise, namely:
- Animal Production and Health;
- Crops and Soils;
- Forest Production;
- Forest Utilization; and
With the upsurge S&T knowledge and information, the urgent need to establish a pool of highly competent scientists and researchers on agriculture and forestry is felt. This Division needs the same people who have the credibility to do problem-oriented basic research and who can apply their scientific skills in addressing the issues on the following:
- great demand for more food;
- feed grain;
- forest resources;
- industry; and
Likewise, their researchers must be attractive enough to be integrated in the national and international programs.
This Division envisions to enlist in its roster more scientists with greater capability to: (a) conduct excellent problem-oriented basic research in agriculture and forestry; (b) participate in local and international collaborative research; (c) provide scientific advise on problems on national concern; (d) address the need of the precise and highly productive agriculture and forestry sectors without degrading the environment.
To promote and support problem-oriented basic research for the continuous improvement of the capability of scientists in the agriculture and forestry sectors. and to encourage them to do research on the management, utilization, improvement and conservation of agriculture and forestry resources, and maintenance of the subsequent influence of these activities on the environment.
This Division gives priority to research proposals that deal and relate to the following broad research concerns:
- Biotechnology in crops, animals, and forestry;
- Development of new knowledge precision in agriculture and forestry;
- Sustainable use of soil, water, and air resources in agriculture and forestry;
- Environmental impacts of external inputs to agriculture and forest production; and
- Removal of constraints to high economical yield without degrading the environment .
The overall objective is pursued primarily through:
- grants-in-aid to individual or group of scientists to conduct problem oriented basic research
- assistance to M.S. Theses and Ph.D. dissertations of students from traditional centers of excellence and also from institutions with little or no R&D funds
- organized international and local conferences and symposia to enhance interaction with scientist who have leading edge scientific information
- catalyze local and international collaborative research among scientist
- sustain linkage with international scientific organizations to enhance cooperation in the development and sharing of scientific information viz. IFS, TWNSO
- encourage and provide opportunity to scientists to upgrade the quality of their scientific papers and publish them in referred journals.
Discipline and Subject Matter in Agriculture and Forestry that Normally Involve Basic Research
- Agronomy: Breeding, tissue culture, seed technology, germplasm characterization and utilization, weed science
- Animal Science: reproductive physiology, breeding, nutrition, meat and animal product processing
- Entomology: systematics, biology, biodiversity
- Forest Products Research and Development Institute: material properties and evaluation, anatomy, physical and mechanical properties, structural design and engineering-----flexibility and stress
- Forest Biological Sciences: tissue culture, development of new protocol, biodiversity, mycorrhizal cloning, breeding, biological control
- Food Science: food chemistry/biochemistry, food microbiology
- Horticulture: varietal characterization, molecular studies, movement of auxins, biochemical studies
- Institute of Biotechnology and Microbiology: biochemistry, molecular biology, biochemical
- Institute of Plant Breeding: cellular and plant biotechnology, breeding, tolerance to mineral and water stress, resistance to pests and diseases
- National Crop Protection Center: pesticide chemistry and toxicology, biocontrol
- Pathology: etiology of diseases, development of new chemicals
- Soil Science: soil fertility control, rhizosphere and nutrient availability, variable charge soils, solute movement
- College of Veterinary Medicine: anatomy, physiology, microbiology, pathology
- Wood Science: wood physics, wood chemistry, wood anatomy, mechanics, bio-pulping, bio-bleaching, bio-degradation.