Antonio G. Lalusin
Field of award: Plant Breeding
Year awarded: 2009
Division: Agricultural Sciences
In recognition of his outstanding work in plant breeding focusing on abaca, cassava, and sweet potato. His abaca hybrids with high fiber quality and resistance to abaca bunchy top virus are now mass propagated for replanting infected abaca farms and are expected to play a major role in the rehabilitation of the Philippines abaca industry that has been plagued by the disease since several decades ago. His active involvement in root crops breeding resulted in the release of high yielding and pest resistant varieties of cassava (15) and sweet potato (8) in the span of 10 years. These varieties are now grown commercially throughout the country. He has successfully blended modern biotechnology techniques into conventional plant breeding strategies like molecular marker assisted selection in screening of segregating abaca populations..
Education: PhD (Bioresources Engineering) Molecular Biology, University of Tsukuba, Japan; MS (Bioresources Engineering) Molecular Biology, University of Tsukuba, Japan; MS (Plant Breeding) University of the Philippines Los Baños; BS (Agriculture) Horticulture-Plant Breeding, University of the Philippines Los Baños