Ricardo M. Lantican- Filipino Scientist


Ricardo M. Lantican

For his research on cytoplasmic inheritance of hypersensitivity to a disease in maize, a discovery that has created an awareness among biologists of the importance of genetic diversity as a weapon against environmental adversities.

Dr. Lantican’s efforts in plant breeding, more specifically in the development of varietal resistance and the improvement of plant structure and morphology, have paved the way for the release of outstanding varieties. These varieties are now being commercially grown by farmers in the Philippines, parts of Southeast Asia, East Asia and South Asia. The new plant structure developed in mungbean through his effort and that of his team has resulted in doubling of yields. The plant types evolved in the Philippines were heavily used as parents in the breeding program of the Asian Vegetable Research and Development Center (AVRDC) in Taiwan.

Source:Directory of academicians and outstanding young scientists

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Pedro B. Escuro – Filipino Scientist

Dr. Escuro has made significant contributions to rice breeding, as plant breeder, Professor, extension worker, and consultant in agricultural projects. He provided leadership in the development, isolation, and release of nine seed board rice varieties: Milpal 4, HBD-2, Azmil 26 and C-22 (up-land) and C-18, C4-63, C4-137, C-168 and C-12 (lowland).

Dr. escuro has 18 honors and awards to his name. these include two Presidential awards, Presidential Plaque of Merit for outstanding accomplishment in rice improvement (1967) and Rizal Pro Patriac award for outstanding contribution to rice  breeding and genetics. He is also recipient of the University of the Philippines Distinguished Professional award in agriculture (1973), and D. Sc. (honoris causa 1974) and the 1974 Ayala award in agricultural science.

source: Directory of academicians and outstanding young scientist