Roel R. Suralta
Field of award: Agriculture
Year awarded: 2010
Division: Agricultural Sciences
In recognition of his outstanding scientific research in the field of agricultural sciences, specifically on the study of the rice crop’s plastic root responses to fluctuating soil moisture stresses that resulted in identifying key root traits and has precisely quantified their contribution in maintaining growth and yield of rice under such conditions. His research has contributed to the better understanding of the morphological, anatomical, and physiological responses of rice roots to fluctuating stresses such as the alternate occurrences of drought and water logging brought about by fluctuating soil moistures that normally occur under natural field conditions. Through his research, efficient screening procedures of such key root traits and precise phenotyping for mapping the associated quantitative trait loci (QTL) have been developed. The identified QTLs that control such key root traits are essential for efficient breeding in improving the adaptability of high-yielding cultivars to fluctuating soil moisture conditions such as in rain-fed ecosystems, and of rice grown using water-saving technologies like alternate wetting and drying systems, and aerobic rice.
Current Position: Senior Science Research Specialist
Office Address: Agronomy, Soils and Plant Physiology Division, Philippine Rice Research Institute, Maligaya, Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija
Education: PhD (Agricultural Sciences), Nagoya University, Japan 2008; MS (Agronomy -Crop Physiology) University of the Philippines, Los Baños 2003; BS (Agriculture-Botany), Visayas State College of Agriculture 1994