Merdelyn T. Caasi-Lit

Field of award: Plant Science/Entomology

Year awarded: 1999

Division: Agricultural Sciences


In recognition of her most significant contributions to entomology and plant stress physiology, mainly on studies of host plant resistance of economically important crops to major arthropod pests. Dr. Caasi-Lit’s research on the effect of enhanced ultraviolet-B (UV-B) irradiation on several rice cultivars is an excellent pioneering work that lead to the identification of novel plant flavonoids for protection against UV-B and insect pests.

Education: PhD (Plant Science/Entomology) Australian National University 1997; MS (Entomology/Plant Breeding) University of the Philippines 1989; BS (Agriculture) University of the Philippines 1983