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The vanishing indigenous rice varieties of mountain communities in Southern Batangas, Luzon Island, Philippines: Reflection of cultural biodiversity enriched by the traditional ecological knowledge

  • Caringal, A. M.
  • Briones, R.
  • Roxas, A.
  • Abe, R.
  • Lalongisip, A.
Against the backdrop of the ‘2008 national rice crisis’ in the Philippines, several families in the rural mountain of Lobo, southern Batangas, south of Manila, were preparing themselves for “pagbabakal” -  the summer ritual of dibbling and sowing mountain rice. They hoped for the first monsoon to fall over the mountains by June.

The authors conducted an exploratory study to highlight the traditional ecological knowledge associated with the temporal rice-based swidden but in doing this, they uncovered existing and extinct indigenous rice varieties. 
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    Paper awarded Best Research (non-science and technology category) during the 4th Annual Research Symposium held on 24 March 2009 with the theme "Inquiry and Productivity: Challenges to Research" - a university wide research results dissemination sponsored by the Research Unit of the Batangas State University.
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