©Chris Stowers/Panos Pictures..PHILIPPINES Munoz ...Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) researcher displays a Golden Apple Snail found in the paddy fields around the labratory. The pest, which is prolific in the Philippines and delights in eating young rice plants, is in fact not native to Philippines. It was introduced to the country from Taiwan during the Marcos regime in the 1970's as a source of nourishment for the rural poor. This snail is seen digesting a common weed found in paddy fields. In this light, the Golden Apple Snail is being seen as a potential, free source of weed management and tests at PhilRice are being conducted to establish methods of controlled snail dispersal as part of the farmers' overall integrated crop management system.