University of the Philippines Los Baños

Dr. Edwin A. Combalicer, assistant professor and associate dean of the College of Forestry and Natural Resources and Alma O. Canama, university researcher at the Crop Science Cluster, College of Agriculture, are UPLB’s latest addition to the roster of recipients of the Outstanding Young Scientist (OYS) Award of the Department of Science and Technology’s National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (DOST NAST-Philippines).

Dr. Combalicer was recognized for his works in the fields of hydrology, watershed management, and climate change. He has conducted researches on watershed characterization and management, vulnerability assessment, development of basic early warning system on flooding, climate change vulnerability and adaptation assessment, and establishment and management of fuelwood plantations. He has also developed a simulation method for water balance fluxes in response to climate change that can serve as a baseline information for mitigating the latter’s effects.

Ms. Canama, on the other hand, has made significant contributions to crop biotechnology especially on molecular mapping, map-based gene discovery, varietal fingerprinting, line purity and hybridity testing, molecular confirmation and characterization of transgenic crops, diversity analysis, and marker-assisted selection in the breeding programs of corn, mungbean, banana, sugarcane, tomato, papaya, and eggplant. Her work on molecular mapping of genes of corn and leaf spot that have shown disease resistance is contributing to greater understanding on plant resistance and on the design of breeding strategies to address such diseases.

Dr. Combalicer and Ms. Canama received the award on July 11 at the Manila Hotel during the 35th Annual Scientific Meeting of the NAST. (DOST NAST release)