DG Alvindia is 2015 PPS G.O. Ocfemia Awardee in Research
"Inquisitive mind plus hard work and dedication to serve the people". This is a simple recipe in life and career for our young researchers to follow, to soar high without leaving the others behind. This made our G. O. Ocfemia Outstanding Plant Pathologist Awardee a real achiever.
Dr. Dionisio de Guzman Alvindia got the PPS G.O. Ocfemia Outstanding Plant Pathologist Award in Research for this year. Dr. Alvindia or simply 'Boyet' is the pride of Central Luzon State University (CLSU), where he received his degree in Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in 1985. Later on, he obtained his Master's degree in International Agricultural Development (1998 – 2000) and Doctor of Philosophy in Agricultural Science (2000 – 2003) in Tokyo University of Agriculture in Tokyo, Japan through the Graduate Study Programme of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports of Japan (Monbukagakusho). His prolific years in Japan as graduate student made him published six papers in international ISI and non-ISI refereed journals. His works on fungal pathogens associated to non-chemical bananas in the Philippines brought him into a never-ending search for developing non-chemical strategies in controlling postharvest diseases of fruit crops. His interest on biological control, generally regarded as safe (GRAS) compounds, food additives, and hot water treatment as postharvest disease management options made him a recipient of various international research grants. These include the Toyota Foundation (Japan), TOA-GOSEI Co., Ltd. (Japan), Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Grant under the Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) and recently the Fulbright Research Fellowship in 2012 in Montana State University, Montana, USA. With these supports, he was able to publish more papers (22 senior authorship) in both local and international refereed journals (ISI and non-ISI) and even books, manual and handbook which were published here and abroad. He also presents his research outputs in international and national scientific conferences and symposia. With his expertise, he rendered consultancy and technical assistance in the field of mycology in Japan and other countries for several years. Sir Boyet also devoted his time as technical reviewer of scientific articles in international journals.
All throughout his career as researcher, he continuously seeks and innovates research works to contribute significant technology in the field of postharvest pathology. Two of his notable discoveries are the patented products of Bacillus amyloliquefaciens DGA14 and Trichoderma harzianum DGA02, a non-chemical method of inhibiting crown rot disease of banana. With these invaluable contributions, he received numerous awards and these include the Agriculture and Fishery Modernization Act (AFMA) Best Paper Awards given by the Bureau of Agricultural Research, Department of Agriculture in years 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2013. He also became the finalist for the Gawad Saka Outstanding Agricultural Scientist Award in 2010.
Sir Boyet is the current Supervising Science Research Specialist of the Philippine Center for Postharvest and Mechanization and Development (PhilMec) in Nueva Ecija and conferred as Scientist III by the NAST – DOST Scientific Career System. He has four on-going research projects on banana, cacao, coffee and cassava funded by PhilMec. Aside from being a researcher, he is also an Affiliate Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences in CLSU, teaching courses in Plant Disease Management, Disease Resistance in Plant and Advance Microbiology. In addition, he advices undergraduate and graduate students of CLSU.