ACIAR to fund a PhD student from the Philippines

25 November 2010

Jonathan Mangmang has been awarded a John Allwright Fellowship by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) to undertake a PhD at the University of Sydney.

The ACIAR Fellowships Scheme was introduced in 1986 to provide the opportunity for partner country scientists involved in ACIAR-supported collaborative research projects to obtain postgraduate qualifications at Australian tertiary institutions. An ACIAR Fellowship award covers the cost of return airfares, a living allowance, initial settling-in allowances, the fees charged by the tertiary institutions (including an orientation program) and miscellaneous course-related costs.

Jonathan is currently working as a research assistant an ACIAR-funded research project ion the Philippines aimed at developing and evaluating low-cost structures which can protect vegetable crops from the damaging effects of heavy rain and typhoons. The project is focussed in Leyte, in the Visayas, and is part of a $10M ACIAR investment in horticultural research in the Philippines.

Jonathan has a B. Ag (Horticulture) and an MSc by research from the Visayas State University, near Ormoc in Leyte. Hi proposed research project will aim to answer research questions relating to the development of a low cost hydroponic system to complement the low cost bamboo and plastic structures which are already being developed as part of ACIAR project HORT/2007/066/2 Component 2, led by Dr Gordon Rogers.

Adding nutrients to an irrigation system which can already efficiently deliver water inside growing structures, opens up the tantalizing possibility of transforming it into a low-cost hydroponics system, with the potential to further enhance yields and the incomes of smallholder farmers in the Philippines.

To view a short video about the protected cropping project in Leyte, follow this link:

You Tube Video

Contact: Dr Gordon Rogers

Phone: 02 8627 1040

Email: 2d0003501f231532183c48363715632947