CLSU faculty bags “Young Investigator’s Award”
Author: Paula Bianca V. Gaban & Ma. Excelsis M. Orden | Date Published: 05/29/2019 03:06:31 am

John Dave C. Aquino

International Conference Center, Kyoto, Japan last November 29-20, 2018

          Mr. Aquino presented his study on the nucleotide sequence variation of rice tungro viruses in the  Philippines during the symposium attended by some 300 participants across the globe.

          His study specifically focused on the nucleotide diversity, genetic differentiation and phylogenetic relationship of Rice Tungro Bacilliform Vrisu and Rich Rungro Spherical Virus collected form different rice growing areas across the country.

         He said hat the novelty of his study made him clinch the award, besting many researchers form the rest of the world.

         Only 25 years old, Mr. Aquino is an alumnus of CLSU (BS Biology, 2014 and MS Biology, 2016). He was the 2014 recipient of the “Academic Achiever; Best On-the-Job Trainee; and Best Thesis” awards given by the university.

         In his masteral studies, he was a scholar of the Department of Science and Technology -  Accelerated Science and Technology Human Resource Development Program (DOST-ASTHRDP).

          “I feel honored in representing the country and the Central Luzon State University in the symposium. I home that my award will inspire other young faculty researchers to do researches of great help to our Filipino farmers”, Mr. Aquino said. At present, he is engaged in R&D on special rice which focuses on host plant resistance to biotic stresses and grain quality characterization. Moreover, he is involved in determining high value trait characterization of selected oil crops like sunflower.

          Meanwhile, the internation symposium which conducted every 10 years was organized by “The Study Group of Rice and Health, Japan.” The first symposium was held in 1998 which focused on the “Prevention of Disease by Biologically Active Substances included in Rice”. The second was in 2008 which focused on “Rice Disease Prevention”.