Lucille C. Villegas

Field of award: Microbiology

Year awarded: 2009

Division: Biological Sciences


In recognition of her significant studies in the field of microbiology particularly on plant growth-promoting bacteria that produced microbial inoculants for Graminae with emphasis on sugarcane. Her investigations on the beneficial endophytic bacteria led to the development of a method of producing sugar plant or plant parts biotized with growth promoting endophytic bacteria. Both the microbial inoculants and the method she developed are now being used in sugarcane production. Application of this technology may lead to reduction of chemical fertilizers, approved use of fossil fuels, this and cost of sugarcane cultivation.

Current Position: Associate Professor

Office Address: Microbiology Division, Institute of Biological Sciences, University of the Philippines Los Baños, Laguna

Education: PhD (Microbiology) University of the Philippines Los Baños 2001; MS (Microbiology) University of the Philippines Los Baños 1997; BS (Biology) University of the Philippines Los Baños 1992