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Research works! DOST claps back at Cynthia Villar with science trivia

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The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) appears to have taken a swipe at Senator Cynthia Villar after she questioned the value of research in the agriculture sector.

On its Facebook page, DOST shared the post of FlipScience page on the contribution of scientist Dr. Ricardo Lantican to improving the quality of crops.

According to FlipScience, Lantican’s research “helped save the world from a massive corn crisis.”

In 1961, Lantican co-authored a study on the effect of the disease called Southern corn leaf blight on crops.

A decade later, a fungus called Helminthospcrium maydis infected US corn with the Southern corn leaf blight, which affected the country’s corn yield in 1970.

“It was at that moment when the U.S.–and the world–realized that Dr. Lantican and his colleagues were already on to the problem way before it became a mini-disaster,” FlipScience said.

For its part, DOST said Lantican’s work showed the value of research.

Villar berated Department of Agriculture officials Wednesday (October 9) for alloting a huge chunk of its budget for the National Corn Program for research.

“Parang lahat ng inyong budget puro research? Baliw na baliw kayo sa research. Aanhin niyo ba yung research?” Villar said at the Senate budget hearing for DA and its attached agencies.

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