Von Mark V. Cruz
Field of award: Plant Breeding
Year awarded: 2010
Division: Agricultural Sciences
In recognition of his significant contribution in plant genetic resources conservation and management in the Philippines that has resolved some operational and biological issues for crop germplasm curators and genebank managers. His assessment of crop biodiversity using molecular markers has immensely contributed in technology transfer and has facilitated the increase of the institutional capacities and public awareness on biotechnology in the country and in the region.
The results of his studies have enabled the testing of various hypotheses on crop domestication, species diffusion, integrity of accessions during germplasm regeneration, and market-trait association. His method of verifying the putative duplicates and bulked accessions has reduced the associated cost with germplasm regeneration and maintenance.
Current Position: Associate Professor and UP Scientist 1
Office Address: International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech, Applications (ISAAA) SEAsiaCenter c/o IRRI, Los Baños, Laguna