Two PhilRice experts were recently conferred with scientist rank by the Scientific Career Council (SCC) for their significant contribution in the field of research and development.

Mr. Dindo King M. Donayre, a senior science research specialist of the PhilRice Crop Protection Division, focuses his research and has published 12 scientific papers on topics relating to weed science, plant pathology, and pest management.

He has also authored a book on Weeds in Irrigated and Rainfed Lowland Ricefields in the Philippines under the auspices of the Korean Program on International Agriculture (KOPIA). He obtained his BS in Agriculture major in Plant Protection from the Visayas State University in 1996, and MS in Plant Pathology minor in Weed Science from the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) in 2011.

Ms. Jayvee A. Cruz is a Senior Science Research Specialist of the PhilRice Agronomy, Soils, and Plant Physiology Division. Specialising on soil microbiology, Cruz has advanced research studies on plant growth-promoting bacteria (PGPB) to boost rice yield and reduce cost in drought stress-prone environment.

She has published 15 scientific papers and submitted 1 patent application around this topic. Cruz earned her BS Agriculture major in Soil Science in 2009 and MS Soil Science minor in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology from UPLB in 2013.

As of now, there are six PhilRice researchers who have earned scientist ranks from SCC.

The Scientific Career System is a system of recruitment, career progression, recognition and reward of scientists in the public service, as a means of developing a pool of highly qualified and productive scientific personnel.

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Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) is a government corporate entity attached to the Department of Agriculture created through Executive Order 1061 on 5 November 1985 (as amended) to help develop high-yielding and cost-reducing technologies so farmers can produce enough rice for all Filipinos.

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