“Doc Germs” pushes biological control of abaca diseases in CatSU workshop

DR. DENNIS ‘DOC GERMS” BIALEN injects his invented concoction of a crop vaccine mixed with water and an enzyme catalyst into the trunk of a diseased abaca plant during the technology demonstration in Paraiso, San Miguel last week, with CatSU College of Agriculture & Fisheries faculty headed by Prof. Jugie Ramos, Mayor Francisco Camano, agriculture officer Cheryl Tatel and farm cooperator Norma Dy.
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A scientist entrepreneur and inventor has claimed that the Abaca Bunchy Top Disease now ravaging plantations in Catanduanes can be solved within six months through the use of a natural crop vaccine.
In a press conference at the Catanduanes State University where he was the resource speaker at the Technology Training and Workshop on Biological Control of Abaca Diseases, Dr. Dennis “Doc Germs” Bialen said that 130 ml of the Bialexin Crop Vaccine is diluted in 60 liters of water and a tablespoon of humic acid, with 100 ml of the concoction injected into the stem of the diseased abaca plant once a week for three weeks.
In addition, 300 ml of a catalyst enzyme can be sprayed into the plant at 15-day intervals for a month, he said.
There will no more need for trenching, Dr. Bialen stated, referring to the common practice of putting chemically-treated sticks into the abaca trunk to kill the plant and then uprooting it.
With the use of the vaccine, the diseased plant will die but its suckers will live, he said, with the virus gone within three to six months.
The crop vaccine is also a biological mosquito control, he claimed.
Bialen, an avid proponent of organic farming, developed the Bialexin Crop Vaccine that is manufactured and distributed by his own company, Nature’s Care Organic Manufacturing and Services.
He reportedly perfected the application of Biocon technology, a microbial mix of macro and micro nutrients and natural antibiotics to address a variety of crop infections and diseases brought about by various viruses, fungi and bacteria.
The visiting scientist noted the problems to be addressed by local abaca farmers include the lack of cleanliness and sanitation, and lack of proper shading which he blamed for the short stature of local abaca plants.
He said that abaca can be intercropped with falcata, a fast-growing tree grown commercially especially in Mindanao, as well as ginger.
In his opening remarks, President Dr. Patrick Alain T. Azanza said the workshop, which is part of the university’s 50th foundation anniversary celebration, is CatSU’s share in addressing the dwindling abaca production in Catanduanes.
Pointing out that 60 percent of its students come from abaca-farming families, he wants abaca at the core of research in the university.
He likewise expressed his desire to see many more products coming from abaca so that farmers can raise their income.

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