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Bicol studes convert red-tide contaminated marine resources into rodenticide

by MA Loterte and BA Recebido

Sorosogon City (15 February) -- Three students from Gubat National High School (GNHS) in Gubat town, Sorsogon province have discovered a way to put in use the shellfish and marine resources from Sorsogon Bay contaminated with red tide toxins.

Karylle G. Escoto, Keisha Ann F. Escoto at Leera Maureen Z. Gonzalgo, all second year students, found out in their research project in Science that shellfish and marine resources contaminated with red tide, when processed, can be used as an alternative and cheap rodenticide or rat killer.

GNHS science teacher and coach Maria Elena Escolano related the study basically intends to come out with the idea of "finding the benefit" rather than lose hope to the red tide problem.

"It may also complement the numerous possible measures and solutions recommended by experts to address the worsening problem of red tide in Sorsogon Bay," Escolano suggested.

Sorsogon Bay has been declared positive for the toxic red tide organism for almost 17 months now with already 129 victims who suffered from paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP), including 10 deaths, from Sorsogon City and 5 other municipalities, according to reports from Provincial Health Office (PHO) here.

The red tide contamination in the bay has also deprived thousands of shellfish farmers as well as traders and hurting the entire shellfish industry in the province.

The research entitled "Saxotoxin Contaminated Tahong from Sorsogon Bay: A Potent Rodenticide" has already won in a regional competition sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in Legazpi City last December.

The said research project also qualified at the National Intel DOST Science Investigatory Project Life Science Division, Cluster 1 Team Category, on February 12-14. (PIA Sorsogon) [top]

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