Dindo Agustin A. Tabanao
Field of award: Applied Plant Sciences
Year awarded: 2012
Division: Agricultural Sciences
In recognition of his important research activities which made significant impacts in the fields of genetics and plant breeding in the Philippines and in other countries. As pioneer in the use of molecular marker data in rice, he was able to establish kinship or coefficient of co-ancestry of rice breeding populations, thereby increasing selection efficiency. Leading the marker-assisted breeding program of the Philippine Rice Research Institute, they are able to produce high yielding rice varieties with resistances to biotic and abiotic stresses. Furthermore, his research on the genetic variance in maize that postulated theoretical and empirical evidence that non-additive genetic effects cause unexpected increase in genetic variance even under inbreeding has gained both national and international recognition.
Current Position: Supervising Science Research Specialist
Office Address: Plant Breeding and Biotechnology Division, Philippine Rice Research Institute, Maligaya, Muñoz, Nueva Ecija
Education: PhD (Applied Plant Sciences), University of Minnesota 2006; MS (Plant Breeding) University of the Philippines Los Baños 2000; BS (Agriculture), University of the Philippines Los Baños 1994