​Filipino Takes Helm of Asian Society for Breeding Research

By EDD K. USMAN, SDN, Twitter @edd1819

A researcher at the National Academy of Science and Technology Philippines (NAST PHL) has made Filipinos proud.

NAST PHL is one of the 18 attached agencies of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

Name’s Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio, academician at NAST PHL. He is the director of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), based in Los Baños, Laguna, CALABARZON (Region IV-A.

Gregorio has just added to the feathers on his cap, becoming this year the president of the Society for the Advancement of Breeding Research in Asia and Oceania (SABRAO) from 2019 to 2023.

He replaced Prof. Dr. Sang-Nag Ahn of Chungnam National University, South Korea, it was announced by SEARCA.



Change of leadership at SABRAO. (Photo: SEARCA)

Formed in 1968 — at a time when many countries did not have strong government agencies focused on agricultural research or national programs for major crops — SABRAO holds conferences and its general assembly every four years, often in collaboration with a national breeding society.

It conducted its 14th International Conference on Plant Breeding for Sustainable Development on July 2-5 in Gwangju, Korea. SABRAO jointly organized the event with the Korean Society of Breeding Science (KSBS), The conference coincided with the 50th anniversary of KSBS.

First published in 1969, the SABRAO Journal of Breeding and Genetics is the official publication of the society.

The journal operates on a not-for-profit basis and focuses on plant species or topics that are relevant to developing countries in Asia and Oceania. (SDN/SEARCA)

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