Ramon Barba Biography, Contributions

Ramon Barba is a Filipino scientist, inventor and horticulturist who is known for his successful experiment on the inducement of flowering of mango trees by spraying them with ethrel and potassium nitrate.

Personal Information
Full Name : Ramon Cabanos Barba
Birth Date : August 31, 1939
Died: October 10, 2021 (age 82)
Birthplace : San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte, Philippines
Father : Atty. Juan Madamba Barba
Mother : Lourdes Cabanos

Elementary : Sta. Rosa Academy (1951)
High School : University of the Philippines
College : University of the Philippines Los BaƱos
Course : Agriculture major in Agronomy and Fruit Production
Master : Horticulture from University of Georgia (1962)
Doctorate : Plant Physiology from University of Hawaii at Manoa (1967)

Career Highlights
* Dr. Ramon Barba served as consultant to different private companies including Plantek, a biotechnology company in Singapore.
1990-present – Senior Consultant, Institute of Plant Breeding (IPB)
1975-1989 – Program Leader, Institute of Plant Breeding (IPB)
1969 – Assistant Professor, UPLB

Contribution to Science
* Successful experiments on inducing the flowering of mango trees by spraying them with ethrel and potassium nitrate.
* Research breakthroughs in banana micropropagation, tissue culture of sugarcane and calamansi (calamondin or Philippine lime)

Published Works
1974 – “Induction of Flowering of the Mango by Chemical Spray”

2014 – National Scientist of the Philippines
2011 – SEARCA-Dioscoro L. Umali Achievement Award in Agricultural Development
2004 – Member, National Academy of Science and Technology
2004 – Most Distinguished Alumni Award by the University of the Philippines
1980 – Rizal Pro Patria Presidential Award
1974 – The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) by the Philippine Jaycees

RELATED: List of Filipino Scientists and Their Contributions To Science
See also: List of Famous Filipino Authors and Their Books
See also: List of Philippine Presidents and Vice Presidents

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