NEWS | UP Visayas signs collaborative research agreement with Trading Room, Inc.

| Written by Padayon UP

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MIAGAO, Iloilo — The University of the Philippines (UPV), through the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences – Institute of Aquaculture (CFOS-IA), signed a collaborative research agreement with Trading Room, Inc. for the project “Development of Immunoactive and Growth Promoting AquaFeed Additive from Ulva Seaweed” (UPV-DOST Ulva Seaweed CRADLE Project) at the UPV Fisheries Technology and Business Incubator building, Miagao campus, on 5 July.

UPV Chancellor Clement Camposano and Trading Room Managing Director Christina Obias Roco signed the agreement on behalf of the two parties.

The two parties agreed to jointly undertake the research and development of the project under the Accelerated R&D Program for Capacity Building of Research and Development Institutions and Industrial Competitiveness: Collaborative Research and Development to Leverage Philippine Economy (CRADLE) program of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

The UPV-DOST Ulva Seaweed CRADLE Project was established to respond to the need of Trading Room, a company involved in the mass production and processing of Ulva meals in the local and export market. The processed Ulva meal was optimized as a feed additive for poultry and livestock. However, the aquaculture sector is currently affected by production constraints which could be resolved by the application of Ulva-based products.

The Ulva dried powder will be optimized to know the inclusion level in aquaculture feeds to promote enhanced growth and health of cultured tilapia, milkfish, and shrimp.

Under the DOST’s CRADLE Program, the private sector identifies the problem and the R&D Institution in collaboration with the private sector undertakes the R&D to solve the problem. DOST provides the funds for this research collaboration activity.


Alelis, C. (2023, July 10). UPV, Trading Room, Inc. to collaborate for Ulva seaweed project.