JC Silvestre is 2010 PMCP Pest Management Awardee in Instruction

James C. Silvestre has demonstrated dedication and exemplary public service for 32 years. He rose from the rank of Asst. Instructor to Professor VI and Chairman of the Department of Plant Pathology, College of Agriculture, University of Southern Mindanao, Kabacan, Cotabato.

As a Professor, he teaches basic, major and graduate subjects in Plant Pathology and other related fields. His teaching made some of his students as awardees of the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (2005 & 2006), a placer of Licensure Examination in Agriculture, Best Poster in scientific convention of the Philippine Society for the Study of Nature (Environment category). Others are now occupying high positions in private and government agencies in Mindanao.

He identified 47 plant diseases published in Host Index of Plant Diseases in the Philippines.

Being an adviser of more than 100 hundred thesis students, results were published in scientific journals which was used as reference material by students and researchers and presented the research results in scientific meetings and conventions. He coordinated seminars/workshops conducted by USM-PPS, PPS-SMD, inside and outside of the University especially on mushroom culture, plant disease diagnosis

disease management, postharvest pathology, plant virology, and plant nematology.

He serves as a member of the Techno Caravan coordinated by the USMARC and CARRDEC, a researcher of private companies, NGOs and a consultant of DOST.

He is a recipient of the Who's Who in the World (1995-1996), Top 100 Educators (2005), Leading Educators of the World (2006), G.O Ocfemia Outstanding Plant Pathologist of the Philippines (2007), Outstanding USM Alumni (Education Category)(1994), and as Outstanding Department Chairman (2006).

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Dr. Evelyn B. Gergon , PPS Auditor and current Head of the Germplasm and Health Division of PhilRice based at the Central Experiment Station in Science City of Munoz, Nueva Ecija, has been conferred the rank of Scientist 1 in the DOST Scientific Career System effective July 23, 2008. Her appointment to the position was based on her recorded and demonstrated scholarship and professional productivity in research and development and overall contribution to scientific progress in Plant Pathology.

Dr. Teresita U. Dalisay, PPS Vice President has been appointed as Head, Division, Crop Protection Cluster, UPLB-CA and Coordinator, Plant Pathology Degree Program, CPC, UPLB-CA. Her paper submitted for oral presentation at the Second Intl. Conference and Workshops on Basic and Applied Sciences and Regional Annual Fundamental Science Seminar 2009 (ICORAFSS 2009) to be held on June 3-4, 2009 at the Zon Regency Hotel, Johor, Bahru, Johor, Malaysia has been accepted. In addition, she is a delegate/participant to the ASEAN Regional Diagnostic Network Planning workshop sponsored by AusAID in Vientiane, Lao PDR on May 25-26, 2009

Best Poster Award in Plant Pathology 2008: Dolores, LM, Dolores AKM, Sta. Cruz, FC, MAgdalita PM, and

Hautea DM. Biological and Molecular Characterization of Some PRSV Isolates in the Philippines . 39th

PMCP Annual Meeting, Puerto Princesa, Palawan , May 5-10, 2008 .

PPS members attend APS Centennial Meeting

The American Phytopathological Society Centennial Anniversary, with more than five years of planning, with nearly 1900 attendees from 43 countries, and with 600 new members, was celebrated with style last July 26-30, 2008 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A. Dr. Evelyn B. Gergon, PPS Auditor, attended this meeting and represented the PPS in the Inter-Society Presidential Reception given by the APS President Raymond D. Martyn to all representatives of the different Phytopathological Societies in different countries. In this occasion, she conveyed the PPS greetings to APS on their centennial anniversary and personally thanked Dr. Jan Leach for the invitation and for her presence during the PPS 45th anniversary in Palawan. PPS was also recognized by Dr. Martyn during The President's reception. He later sent a Thank You letter for PPS, a copy of which is now on file. Dr. Gergon, who is now a member of APS, hopes that the PPS 50th Anniversary will also be celebrated in almost the same manner – properly planned and highly attended by members.

The other Filipinos who attended the APS Anniversary and Meeting were Dr. Agustin Molina Jr. of Bioversity, and Drs. Nancy Castilla and Casiana Vera Cruz of IRRI. US-based Filipinos who were also present in the meeting were Drs. Julius Fajardo, Clarissa Maroon-Lango, Eden Perez, Oliver Caasi, Kristie Cueto , and Wennie Castro-Fajardo. Dr. Bob Kemerait organized a get-together of all Filipinos and gave a wonderful treat in one of the popular eateries in the area. The group also had a great time during the Socials organized by Dr. Fajardo, who was the chair of the Joint Committee on Women in Plant Pathology and Cultural Diversity of APS.

Article by: Dr. Evelyn B. Gergon

AA ALFONSO AND CJR CUMAGUN CHOSEN IN 2008 T.O.Y.M.

The Outstanding Young Men (T.O.Y.M.) Awards is the most prestigious award in the Philippines given to young men and women between the ages of eighteen to forty in recognition to their pioneering work and excellence in their respective fields of endeavor.

Drs. Antonio A. Alfonso and Christian Joseph R. Cumagun were chosen as two of the Outstanding Young Men for 2008. Dr. A. A. Alfonso was recognized in the field of Science and Technology specifically for his work on cloning and functional characterization of a plant gene called Restorer of fertility (Rf) as part of a three-member team from Cornell University, as PhD. student. The result of this research elucidates the control of gene expression and organelle interaction in the cell which in turn offers practical applications in the development of superior varieties of crops.

On the other hand, Dr. C.J. R. Cumagun was recognized in the field of Agricultural Science specifically the first to molecularly characterize Philippine Trichoderma strains, a genus of fungi which can be used as a bio control agent against several plant pathogens and pioneered the mapping of one major gene that controls pathogenicity of Fusarium graminearum in the region that control the amount of toxin.

PPS conducts Diagnostics on Plant Diseases Training

A situation that calls for application of appropriate disease management, with the proper diagnostic approaches needs various plant protection resources, one of which is human resource that bank on accumulated technical knowledge, skills and capabilities. The need to enhance the above is this year's training offering by the Society. The training was conducted last March 25-27, 2009 in coordination with the Crop Science Cluster-Institute of Plant Breeding, UPLB-CA.

The three (3) modules offered in this training were: Module 1- Antibody based Diagnostics; Module 2- Technology in Nematode Diagnosis (sampling, extraction, and diagnosis), and Module 3- Seed Health Testing (importance of seed health standards, detection/diagnosis and management). The training course was structured to help those who will have a first glimpse of the techniques and their applications. In addition to lectures of principles (40%), "hands-on" bench work (60%) was also provided. Participation of trainees to discussions was also encouraged to have a better understanding of the techniques. Participants in this training were researchers from public and private agencies. The training was highlighted by a graduation ceremony at the CSC-IPB wherein participants were given a certificate of attendance.

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