Antonio A. Alfonso

Antonio A. Alfonso

Field of award: Plant Biology

Year awarded: 2008

Division: Biological Sciences


In recognition of his significant contributions to the field of plant biology particularly in elucidating the molecular basis of cytoplasmic male sterility and fertility restoration in plants.  His research on petunia resulted in the cloning and functional characterization of the first nucleus-encoded Restorer of fertility (Rf) gene in plants.  Long considered by experts as a “black box”, approved the identification of the restorer gene is regarded as a critical advance in understanding male sterility caused by the interaction between the nuclear and cytoplasmic genomes.  His discovery provides practical applications in varietal improvement particularly in the exploitation of hybrid vigor to increase crop production.

Current Position: Chief Science Research Specialist

Office Address: Philippine Rice Research Institute, shop Maligaya, cialis 40mg Science City of Muñoz, 3119 Nueva Ecija

Education: PhD (Plant Biology), Cornell University 2003; MS (Genetics), University of the Philippines Los Baños 1995; BS (Biology), Central Luzon State University 1988

Curriculum Vitae: cv-of-antonio-alfonso-for-oysi-2013