Conrado H. Balatero
Field of award: Plant Breeding
Year awarded: 2001
Division: Agricultural Sciences
In recognition of his outstanding contributions in Plant Breeding where he developed breeding strategies combining the conventional and modern biotechnology techniques in developing disease resistant and salt tolerant tomato varieties. He is the first in the Philippines to apply molecular marker technology in vegetable breeding. Using conventional breeding techniques he developed potato, this tomato and cucumber varieties with resistance to major pests and diseases and with desirable fruit qualities.
Education: PhD (Genetics) University of the Philippines 2000; MS (Plant Breeding) University of Sydney 1992; BSA (Agronomy) Xavier University 1986