Contributions to Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (AFF) Research of Non-AFF Undergraduate Researches: The Case of Bicol University Biology Department


  • Jonathan Jaime G. Guerrero
  • Mark Angelo O. Balendres
  • Luis O. Amano
  • Charmaine A. Malonzo
  • Amelia A. Dorosan


AFF, Biology, Bicol University, undergraduate research


Agriculture, forestry and fisheries (AFF) researches' contribution to the economy is far-reaching. While there are a number of institutional researches produced, many AFF researches are lodged at the undergraduate level, many of which remain underutilized. The role of non-AFF undergraduate programs as a means to further research in AFF fields are highlighted in this study using the case of the BS Biology Program of Bicol University which may be reflective of other HEIs in the country. A total of 271 of the 865 undergraduate theses conducted in the Department of Biology from 1986 to 2019 were under AFF. Majority of the studies were on post-harvest and plant pathology of locally important commodities such as rice, coconut and pili. However, there were no records of publication. AFF - allied undergraduate programs like biology can be a source of valuable and valid research data to augment AFF researches in the region and in the country. Mechanisms to encourage publication of student outputs are also imperative for proper and wide dissemination of results. Inclusive undergraduate research agenda, co-mentoring and cohesive institutional academic policies are among the strategies to further strengthen the AFF contributions of allied undergraduate programs