The Plant Molecular Biology and Plant Virology Laboratory (PMBPVL) was established in 2004 as a research and training facility .The PMBPVL has provided research training to undergraduate students, MS students, and post-graduate research fellows.
Research in PMBPVL is focused on viral diversity, plant pathology and plant–virus interactions, mainly on viruses infecting abaca, a Philippine indigenous plant valued internationally for its fiber.
Research in PMBPVL is focused on viral diversity, plant pathology and plant–virus interactions, mainly on viruses infecting abaca, a Philippine indigenous plant valued internationally for its fiber. The PMBPVL aims to characterize these viruses and to utilize them in biotechnology applications. In addition, diversity and epidemiology work is being conducted on Philippine isolates of bunchy-top viruses and molecular characterization and cloning work is being done on mushroom coviruses.
Functional analysis of the protein encoded by the ABTV DNA-R gene. This project investigates how the protein of the gene initiates the replication of ABTV genome components on Nicotiana sp., a model plant system.
Recombinant expression of viral proteins for antiserum production. This project utilizes recombinant viral antigens to generate rabbit antisera for ELISA-based detection of abaca-infecting viruses.
Isolation and characterization of viruses associated with cultivated mushrooms. This project aims to probe and characterize mycoviruses that are causing losses in yield and quality.
Vermando M. Aquino, PhD
Bangi, J., & Aquino, V. (2014). Genetic diversity analysis of traditional upland rice cultivars in Arakan Valley complex, Cotabato, Philippines using SSR markers. ASIA LIFE SCIENCES, 23(2), 537-537.
Ramirez, K., & Aquino, V. (2014). Characterization and expression of the coat protein gene of banana bract mosaic virus isolate infecting abaca (Musa textilis Nee) in the Philippines. ASIA LIFE SCIENCES, 23(2), 767-767.
Alberto, R., & Aquino, V. (2010). Characterization of Colletotrichum gloeosporioides (Penzig) Penzig & Sacc. (anthracnose) and Gibberella moniliformis Wineland (twister) infecting onions in the Philippines. ASIA LIFE SCIENCES, 19(1), 23-58.