Christian Joseph R. Cumagun

Christian Joseph R. Cumagun

Field of award: Agricultural Sciences

Year awarded: 2007

Division: Agricultural Sciences

Citation:

In recognition of his outstanding research contributions in the field of plant pathology especially in fungal population genetics and molecular plant pathology. He is credited for locating the genes that control pathogenicity and aggressiveness on the genetic map of Gibberell zeae (Fusarium graminearum), a fungal pathogen that threatens wheat production around the world. The simple inheritance of pathogenecity and aggressiveness in G. zeae and the genetic variation derived from the crosses he established could lead to a gradual increase of aggressiveness, enhancing efforts of plant breeders to use several genetic distinct sources of resistance to avoid possible disease outbreaks in the future. His researches addressed the genetic basis of ecologically or agriculturally important traits of Fusarium  species affecting important fod crops such as toxin production, aggressiveness, vegetable compatibility groups, mating type and female fertility in the hope that it will lead to improved control strategies.

Current Position: Professor 6 and Associate Dean

Office Address: Crop Protection Cluster, College of Agriculture, University of the Philippines Los Baños Laguna

Education: DSc (Agriculture), University of Hohenheim, Germany 2004; MS (Plant Pathology), The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Copenhagen, Denmark and the University of the Philippines Los Baños 1998; BS (Agriculture), University of the Philippines Los Baños 1993

Curriculum Vitae: cjrcumagun_cv