Ricardo Lantican: National Scientist

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Dr.Ricardo M. Lantican | National Academy of Science and Technology

Ricardo Lantican is an internationally recognized pioneer in plant breeding.

He received the title of National Scientist in 2005 for developing over 20 enhanced mungbean, soybean, and peanut varieties.

Dr. Ricardo Lantican is recognized for his contributions to plant breeding. His research shows the importance of genetic diversity as a weapon against environmental adversities. His work finds applications in Philippine agriculture in the science and practice of crop production, and cytoplasm research. He studied the cytoplasmic inheritance of susceptibility and cytoplasmic control of susceptibility, among others, on corn. An understanding of cytoplasmic genes has scientific and economic importance, and the research permits basic studies in biochemistry and ultrastructure.

Dr.Ricardo M. Lantican has a B.S. in Agriculture at the University of the Philippines, Los Banos, Laguna, (1954), a Master’s degree at North Carolina State University, USA,(1956), and a Ph.D. at Iowa State University, USA,(1961).

He is a Professor, at the Institute of Plant Breeding, at the University of the Philippines at  Los Baños, College, Laguna.

He was born on January 8, 1933.