Biotechnology Facilities

Industrial Fermentation Section


The Industrial Fermentation Technology Section (IFTS) is a unit under the Environment and Biotechnology Division (EBD) of the DOST-ITDI mandated to conduct R&D and technical services on biotechnology. Its microbiology and molecular biology laboratories are equipped with biosafety cabinets, laminar flow hoods, and autoclaves for the safe conduct of R&D work compliant with basic biosafety protocols. Basic molecular biology instruments including PCR thermocycler, gel electrophoresis, UV transilluminator, gel documentation system, refrigerated centrifuge, and microcentrifuge are also available in the IFTS. Currently, a BSL-2 laboratory equipped with microbiology and molecular biology instruments is being constructed to further enhance the capabilities of the IFTS. True to its name, the IFTS also has small- and large-scale fermenters, and rotary evaporators used in the production of industrially-important microbial products. The IFTS is also equipped with various instruments used in different experimental procedures such as UV-Vis spectrophotometer, viscometer, pH meter, refractometer, sonicator, incubators, and laboratory ovens among others.
Microbial Culture Collection Laboratory


The ITDI Culture Collection is currently housed at the Industrial Fermentation Technology Section (IFTS) of the Environment and Biotechnology Division (EBD). It shares the facilities of the IFTS needed in the maintenance and storage of several microbial cultures, including those used as test organisms, starter cultures, and in the production of bioactive compounds. The cultures are currently stored in the laboratory refrigerators and freezers of the IFTS. Soon, a -80°C biofreezer included in the BSL-2 laboratory being constructed may also be used to store the culture collection which will prolong their viability


  Standardized Fees for EBD Technical Services

 Technical Services Standardized Fees, PhP
Client Rate Student Rate

Distribution of Starter Cultures for Fermented Food

Starter cultures contain microorganisms which are responsible for the production of various fermented food. These are directly applied onto the food material to initiate the fermentation in order to produce the desired food product (i.e. nata de coco, vinegar, and soy sauce). (Updated July 2020)

  Not Applicable

Antimicrobial Assay

The antimicrobial assay intends to determine the antimicrobial activity of extracts and formulations through the disk diffusion assay (Kirby Bauer Method). The bioactivity is quantified through the measurement of the zones of inhibition and is reported as the diameter of the zones of inhibition (in millimeter). The results may then be compared by the customer to the existing literature and standards for antimicrobial activities (Updated July 2020)

  Not Applicable