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Erlinda P. Rillo

Agriculture, 3rd Best Paper in the National Research Paper Award (2000)

Expertise: Agriculture, Coconut Crop Production, Coconut Tissue Culture

Dr. Erlinda P. Rillo is recognized was born on February 21,1943, at Guinobatan, Albay. She finished her B.S. Plant Pathology entrance scholar at the University of the Philippines, College of Agriculture on June 1964. Mrs. Rillo, Scientist IV of the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) at the Albay Research Station in Guinobatan, Albay was adjudged Outstanding Agricultural Scientist for her exemplary conduct of study in developing a cloning protocol for coconut, spearheading the Makapuno Comprehensive Technology Development and Commercialization Program and for her involvement in various research undertakings which promoted the production of macapuno and high quality coconut seedlings. She believes that the country can benefit from diversified coconut industry through developing other food and food-products. A pioneer in tissue culture technology, her laboratory work led to the creation of a rapid propagation method for elite palm coconuts. Due to her efforts, the whole region of Bicol is recognized as one of the largest macapuno-producing regions and the PCA-Albay Research Center as one of the most renowned laboratories for coconut embryo and tissue culture studies. Today, there are now six laboratories located in Davao, Zamboanga, Tacloban, Albay, Cavite and Pangasinan that mass-produce macapuno seedlings for wider distribution in the country.

Affiliation

Scientist II, Philippine Coconut Authority Agricultural Research and Devt. Branch, Albay Research Center, Banao, Guinobatan, Albay

Philhybrid Corporation, President, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Compound, University of the Philippines Los Baños, College, Laguna

Association

    • Scientific Career System, Member
    • Phi Sigma International Honor Society, Member
    • Phil. Phytopathological Society Regional Representative, Life Member
    • Association of PCARRD Scholars Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society for Agriculture, Member
    • Philippine Coconut Research and Development Foundation Inc., Member of the Board
    • Philippine Association of Career Scientists, Inc., Member of the Board
    • Committee on Research -- Philippine Coconut and development Foundation, Inc. (PCRDF), Member of the Board Research
    • Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCCARD) Scholars Association, Inc., Member of the Board
    • Philippine Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Member of the Board
    • University of the Philippines Alumni Association (Mayon Chapter), Member of the Board
    • Guinobatan Ladies Association for Development, Member of the Board
    • Phil. Association for Plant Tissue Culture (PAPTC), Member of the Board
    • Albay Cut Flower Development Coop., Chairman
    • International Association for Plant Tissue Culture (IAPTC), Member
    • Evaluation Committee, Mangalore University, Mangalagangotri-574199, India, Member
    • Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences, Coconut Research Institute, Consultant
    • IPGRI-COGENT, Surat Thani, Thailand , Consultant
    • GTZ Baguio National Crop Protection Center, Guisad, Baguio City, Consultant

Award

    • Conferred Scientist, Scientific Career System, 1992 April
    • Distinguished Alumni for Coconut Research and Development, University of the Philippines Los Baños, 2007 October 9
    • DA-Gawad Saka 2007 Outstanding Agricultural Scientists, Malacanang Palace, 2007 July 12
    • Conferred the Scientist IV rank in the Scientific Career System, Department of Science and Technology, 2004 April 14
    • Achievement Award on Research, Crop Science Society of the Philippines, 2003 April 24
    • DA-BAR Director's Award for R & D Paper, International Refereed Scientific Journal, 2002 November 28
    • Career Scientist of the Department of Agriculture, DA-Bureau of Agricultural Research, 2004 October 5
    • National Gawad Saka for Outstanding Employee Award for Basic Research, Department of Agriculture, 2000 November 20
    • Rokyaw Ibalnong (Outstanding Bicolanos) Award, Science and Technology, 2000 October 13
    • Outstanding PCA Researcher, Philippine Coconut Authority, 2000 August 30
    • Outstanding Contribution, Department of Plant Pathology, 1997 October 10
    • Plaque of Recognition for Significant Contribution, Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCARRD), 1996 April 11
    • Third Best Paper (Crops Category), 2nd DA-BAR National Research Symposium, 1990 July 23-24
    • Plaque of Recognition, 3rd Best Paper Award (Crops Research Category), 2nd DA-BAR National R & D Symposium, 1990 July 23-24
    • 3rd Best Paper Award, Regional R & D Symposium, 2007 July 27
    • Regional DA Gawad Saka Award for Outstanding Agricultural Scientist, DA-FRU 5, 2007 May 17
    • Regional and National Awards and Recognition as: Mananaliksik ng Taon, PCA Central Office, 2000 August 30
    • Most Outstanding Bicolana, City Government of Legaspi, 2000 October 13
    • AFMA Best Paper Award, Bicol Consortium for Agriculture and Resources Research and Development BCARRD, 2001 January 26
    • Regional Gawad Saka Awardee, Department of Agriculture, 2000 December 21
    • 3rd Best Paper in the National Research Paper Award, National Agriculture and Natural Resources Annual Scientific Meeting, 8 November 2000
    • AFMA Best Paper Award, National DA-BAR Research and Development Symposium, 2000 October 2-4
    • 2nd Best Paper Award (Technology for Dissemination), 12th Annual Symposium for Research and Developments highlights, 2000 July 28
    • Plaque of Recognition, Philippine Coconut Authority, 1996 December 19
    • Plaque of Recognition , Outstanding Guinobateno Award for Science and Technology, Municipal Government of Guinobatan, Albay, 1993 August 15
    • Plaque of Recognition , Best Paper Award, 8th R & D Review and Planning Workshop, 1988 June 4
    • Certificate of Recognition, Length of Service Award, Civil Service Commission, 1986 September 18
    • Certificate of Recognition for Cadang-Cadang Research, Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), 1982 December 20
    • Certificate of Service Recognition, Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), 1977 March 1
    • Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development  (PCARRD) Scholarship for M. Sc., University of the Philippines Los Baños, College, Laguna, 1976 - 1978 October
    • Model Employee in Research, 45th Foundation Anniversary, Bureau of Plant Industry, 1975 January 17

Research

    • Philippine-German Coconut Tissue Culture Project [Completed]
    • Coconut: Development of Methods for the Clonal Propagation of Elite, Diseases-resistant Palms by Somatic Embryogenesis [Completed]
    • Makapuno Comprehensive Technology Development and Commercialization Program [Completed]

Papers Presented

    • Technology Dissemination and adoption of the Embryo cultured Makapuno (ECM) in Regions 4 and 8. , 19th Regional Research, Development and Extension Highlights, Bicol University, College of Agriculture and Forestry
    • Coconut Tissue Culture for Clonal Propagation and Safe Germplasm Exchange, 18th Regional Research, Development and Extension Highlights, CN Divinagracia Hall, CSSAC, Pili, Camarines Sur
    • Commercialization of Makapuno and its products: Opportunities and threats in a competitive market, 19th DA-BAR Anniversary and Technology Forum
    • Nutrition and fertilization management of embryo-cultured Makapuno seedlings: Study 1, effect of different rates of inorganic fertilizer (NPK compound fortified with micronutrients) Study 2, effect of diff. rates of sodium chloride and chicken manure, 18th Regional Symposium on Research, Development and Extension Highlights, CN Divingracia Hall, CSSAC, Pili, Camamrines Sur
    • The successful mass production of the Makapuno coconut by embryo culture in the Philippines. , LlNK2PALM International Symposium on the Advances in Biotechnology Application to Coconut and Oil Palm, Manila Pavilion Hotel, Ermita, Manila
    • Commercial propagation of embryoi cultured Makapuno seedlings, Luzon Regional Technology Forum, CAP Development Center, Lipa City
    • The need for a focused and aggressive development of the Makapuno coconut: An important genetic resource of the Philippines, National Agriculture and Fisheries R & D Celebration, BSWM, Quezon City.
    • Micropropagation of coconut using epicotyl tissues, 2001 Asian Agriculture Congress, Philippine Westin Plaza Hotel
    • Updates on the development of the Makapuno industry in the Philippines , 32nd Annual Scientific Convention, Pili, Camarines Sur
    • Micropropagation of coconut using epicotyl tissues, AFMA Best Paper, National DA-BAR R & D Symposium, BSWM, DA Compound, Elliptical Road, Diliman, Quezon City
    • Development of an improved embryo culture protocol for coconut, Regional R & D Symposium, BUCAF, Guinobatan, Albay
    • Uptake and metabolism of 2,4?Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid by coconut inflorescence tissues in vitro. , 15th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Federation of Crop Science Societies of the Philippines, General Santos City
    • Development of an improved embryo culture protocol for coconut, National Agriculture and Natural Resources R & D Symposium, PCARRD, Los Banos, Laguna
    • Survey of Makapuno Populations in the Philippines, 15th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Federation of Crop Science Societies of the Philippines, General Santos City
    • Micropropagation of coconut (Cocos nucifera L.) from epicotyl tissues, 15th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Federation of Crop Science Societies of the Philippines, General Santos City
    • Makapuno Embryo Culture: A case of successful technology transfer, Joint PCARRD-PSAI National Conference on the Role of Graduated PCARRD Scholars on the Development of Institution and Programs for National Countryside Development, Clark Development Zone, Clark, Pampanga
    • Ultrastructural characterization of the Makapuno and normal coconut endosperm, 15th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Federation of Crop Science Societies of the Philippines, General Santos City
    • Initiatives towards the development of the Makapuno industry in the Philippines, Philippine Centennial Expo, Clark, Angeles, Pampanga
    • Coconut Embryo Culture, International Coconut Biotechnology Symposium, CICY, Merida, Mexico
    • In vitro renegeneration of Cocos nucifera L. via somatic embryogenesis, 13th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Federation of Crop Science Societies of the Philippines, Hotel Supreme, Baguio City.
    • Advances in Coconut Tissue Culture in the Philippines, Coconut Symposium "A Century of the Coconut Industry". Bureau of Soils and Water Management, Quezon City
    • PCA's Technique in the Mass Production of Embryo Cultured Makapuno Coconut for Increased Profitability in the Coconut Industry, Investors Forum and Investment Matching, Bangko Sentral, Davao City.
    • Makapuno Embryo Culture Technology, Makapuno Development and Market Trends Seminar Workshop, PCRDF, Pasig City
    • Application of tissue culture to coconut, EC-International Workshop on the Application of Biotechnology to Plant Breeding and Crop Protection in Coconut, Mayon International Hotel, Legaspi City, Philippines
    • Effect of lowering the sugar concentration on soil establishment on in vitro cultured coconut seedlings, 9th Regional R & D Highlights, BCARRD, CSSAC, Pili, Camarines Sur
    • In vitro regeneration of Cocos nucifera L. from immature inflorescences of tall cultivars, 3rd International Symposium on In Vitro Culture and Horticultural Breeding, Jerusalem, Israel
    • In vitro hardening of aseptically-grown coconut seedlings, 11th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Federation of Crop Science Societies of the Philippines Silliman University, Dumaguete City
    • In vitro response of inflorescence tissues from three tall cultivars: I. Calloid induction stage, 11th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Federation of Crop Science Societies of the Philippines, Silliman University, Dumaguete City
    • Recent development on embryo culture technology of coconuts, 8th Scientific Meeting of the Federation of Crop Science Societies of the Philippines, Western Mindanao State University, Zamboanga City
    • A frame work for coordination of application of tissue culture technique for a breakthrough in vegetative propagation of coconut, 26th Cocotech Meeting, Asian and Pacific Coconut Community, Bangkok, Thailand
    • Current State of the Art of the Use of Tissue Culture Techniques in Vegetative Propagation of Coconuts in the Philippines, 26th Cocotech Meeting, Asian Pacific Coconut Community, Bangkok, Thailand
    • Mechanical inoculation technique of CCCVD to coconut plantlets grown in-vitro, 20th Annual Convention of the Pest Control Council of the Philippines, Baguio City
    • Non-destructive Technique in Collecting Juvenile Coconut Inflorescence for Tissue Culture, 1st National Symposium on Plant tissue Culture in Philippine Agriculture and Forestry, Institute of Plant Breeding, UPLB, College, Laguna
    • Notes on the Bacterial Leaf Stripe Disease of Coconuts, 14th Annual Scientific Meeting, Pest Control Council of the Philippines, Regent of Manila

Education

    • University of the Philippines at Los Baños, College, Laguna, Master Science in Virology, 1978
    • University of the Philippines, College of Agriculture, University of the Philippines Los Baños, College, Laguna, Bachelor of Science Agriculture (Plant Pathology), 1964

Publication

    • Areza-Ubaldo, M.B.B. Rillo, E.P. Cueto, C.A., (2003) Application of the improved embryo culture protocol for commercial production of macapuno seedlings.
    • Philippine Journal of Science Volume 132(1)
    • Rillo, E.P. Cueto, C.A,. Medes, W.R. Areza-Ubaldo, M.B.B., (2002) Development of an improved embryo culture protocol for coconut.
    • In: Engelmann, F. Batugal, P. Oliver, J.T. (eds) Coconut Embryo in Vitro Culture: Part II. International Plant Genetic Resources Institute (IPGRI) Regional Office for Asia, The Pacific and Oceania (APO) Serdang, Malaysia
    • Rillo, E.P. Paloma, M.B.F., () Comparison of three media formulations for in vitro culture of coconut embryos
    • Oleagineux Volume 45(7)
    • Rillo, E.P. Paloma, M.B.F., (1992) In vitro culture of macapuno coconut embryos.
    • Coconuts Today Volume 9(1)
    • Rillo, E.P. et. al., (1972) An anatomical study of coconut leaves from healthy trees and those affected by cadang-cadang
    • Bulletin Torrey Bot. Club Volume 99(9)
    • Areza, M.B Rillo, A.P. Cueto, C.A. Ebert Orense. O.D., (1994) Effects of water quality, pH, and state of the medium on growth and development of coconut embryos in vitro.
    • Philippine Journal of Coconut Studies Volume 19(2)
    • Rillo, E.P., (2004) Updates on the development of the makapuno industry in the Philippines
    • Philippine Journal of Coconut Studies Volume 29(1 & 2)
    • Rillo, E.P. et al., (2004) Establishment of makapuno embryo culture laboratories in the Philippines: A case of an effective partnership in the coconut industry
    • Philippine Journal of Coconut Studies Volume 29(1 & 2)
    • Rillo, A.R. Rillo, E.P., (2001) Survey of makapuno population
    • Philippine Journal of Coconut Studies Volume 26(1 & 2)
    • Rillo, E.P., (2004) Importing and growing coconut embryos for the coconut genebank
    • International Plant Genetic Resources
    • Rillo, E.P. et. al., (2002) Development of an imroved embryo culture protocol in the Philippines
    • Coconut Embryo In Vitro Culture Part II
    • Rillo, E.P., (1999) Current advances in coconut biotechnology
    • Coconut Embryo Culture
    • Rillo, E.P. Paloma, M.B.F., (1991) Storage and transport of zygotic of Cocos nucifera L. for in vitro culture
    • FAO/IBPGR Plant Genetic Resources Newsletter Volume 86
    • Rillo, E.P., (1989) Coconut Tisue Control: A tool for improved coco production
    • Coconut Todays Volume 7
    • Rillo, E.P., (1989) Non-destructive technique for collecting immature coconut inflorescence for tissue culture
    • Philippine Journal of Coconut Studies Volume 14(2)
    • Rillo, E.P. Paloma, M.B.F., (1989) Reactions of different coconut varieties and hybrids to Phytophora disease
    • Philippine Journal of Coconut Studies Volume 14(1)
    • Rillo, E.P., Benigno, D.A., (1983) Chlorotic leaf streak of Oncidium 'Golden Shower'
    • Philippine Agriculturist
    • Rillo, E.P. Benigno, D.A., (1983) Isolation and identification of the virus causing mosaic of Laeliocatleya 'Randy'
    • Philippine Agriculture Volume 66(1)
    • Rillo, E.P. et. al., (1973-1980) Attempts to find a biochemical marker for diagnosing cadang-cadang of coconut
    • Philippine Journal of Plant Industry Volume 38(2-3)
    • Rillo, E.P. Price, W.C., (1972) An anatomical study of leaves from coconut affected by cadang-cadang
    • Philippine Phytopathology Volume 8(1-2)
    • Paje, Erlinda, P. Exconde, O.P. Raymundo, S.A., (1964) Host range studies of Piricularia oryzae cav. in the Philippines
    • Philippine Agriculturist Volume 48(2-30)
    • Rillo, E.P. et. al., (1998) Effect of different brands of activated carbon on growth and development of coconut (Cocos nucifera L.) embryos in vitro
    • Coconut Research and Development (CORD) Volume 14(2)
    • Rillo, E.P. et. al., (1995) Effects of water quality, pH and state of the medium on growth and development of coconut embryos in vitro
    • CORD Volume 11(1)
    • Rillo, E.P. et. al., (1994) Effects of water source, pH and state of the medium on growth and development of coconut embryos in vitro
    • Abstracts VIIIth International Congress of Plant Tisue and Cell Culture Volume S1-48
    • Rillo, E.P. et. al., (1991) Philippine-German project on coconut tissue culture - first result
    • Philippine Journal of Coconut Studies Volume XVI(1)
    • Rillo, E.P. et. al., (1976) The viroid-like structure and cellular location of anomalous RNA associated with cadang-cadang disease
    • Virology Volume 74
    • Rillo, E.P. et. al., (1973-1980) A statistical study of the yellow and olivaceous lea spots characteristics of cadang-cadang
    • Philippine Journal of Plant Industry Volume 38(1-2)
    • Rillo, E.P. et. al., (2006) Crop protection and fertilization management of embryo cultured (EC) coconut seedlings
    • CORD
    • Rillo, E.P. et. al., (2005) Nutrition and Fertilization management of embryo cultured makapuno tall (ECMAKT) seedlings
    • CORD Volume 21(1)
    • Rillo, E.P. et. al., (1997) Somatic embryogenesis of calloids from immature inflorescence from tall cultivars of coconut
    • Philippine Journal of Coconut Studies Volume XXII(2)
    • Rillo, E.P. et. al., (1993) Effect of pretreatment and age of explants on calloid initiation of coconut inflorescence
    • Transactions of the Malaysian Society of Plant Physiology Volume 3
    • Rillo, E.P. et. al., (1993) Effect of pretreatment and age of explants on calloid initiation of coconut inflorescence
    • Philippine Journal of Coconut Studies Volume XVII(2)
    • Rillo, E.P. et. al., (1977) Transmission of the RNA species associated with cadang-cadang of coconut palms and insensitivity of the disease to antibiotics
    • Phytopathology Volume 67
    • Rillo, E.P. et. al., (1967) Frond drop: An unrecorded disease of coconuts of unknown etiology in the Bicol Region of the Philippines
    • FAO Plant Protection Bulletin Volume 15(1)
    • Rillo, E.P., (2003) The need for a focused and aggressive development of the Makapuno coconut: An important genetic resource of the Philippines
    • National Agriculture and Fisheries R&D Celebration
    • Rillo, E.P., (2001) Micropropagation of coconut using epicotyl tissues
    • Asian Agriculture Congress
    • Rillo, E.P., (2000) Micropropagation of coconut using epicotyl tissues
    • National DA-BAR R&D Symposium
    • Rillo, E.P. Nair, M. K., Khan, H. H., Gopalasundaram, P. & Bhaskara Rao, E. V. V. (Eds.), (1993) Current status of coconut embryo and tissue culture in the Philippines
    • Advances in Coconut Research and Development; Indian Society for Plantation Crops, ISOCRAD II; Oxford & IBH Publishing Co. PVT. Ltd., New Delhi
    • Rillo, E.P. Mohamed, A. Z., Fong, T. H., & Nair, H. (Eds.), (1993) In vitro culture of coconut embryos
    • Transactions of the Malaysian Society of Plant PhysiologySpecial edition for 1st Asia Pacific Conference on Plant Physiology, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Volume 3
    • Rillo, E. P. and Rillo, A. R. , (1988) Abstracts of the Cadang-Cadang Disease of Coconuts: 1937-1988
    • Philippine Coconut Authority, Albay Research Center, Banao, Guinobatan, Albay, Second Edition,
    • Rillo, E. P. and A. R. Rillo, (1981) Abstracts on the Cadang-Cadang Disease of Coconuts: 1937-1980
    • Research and Coordination and Documentation, Philippine Coconut Authority, Diliman, Q. C. (First Ed)
    • Rillo, A. R. and Rillo, E. P. , (1979) A compilation of Plant Pathological Terms
    • Philippine Coconut Authority, Albay Research Center, Banao, Guinobatan, Albay
    • Miller, P. and Pollard, H. L. , (1976) Multilingual Compendium of Plant Disease
    • American Phytopathological Society, Saint Paul, Minnesota, U. S. A.
    • (1995 My) Embryo Culture of Coconut: A Laboratory Manual Philippine-German Coconut Tissue Culture Project
    • Philippine Coconut Authority, Albay Research Center, Banao, Guinobatan, Albay, Philippines

Trainings

    • 14th Annual Scientific Meeting, Pest Control Council of the Philippines, 1983 My 5-8, Regent of Manila
    • 1st National Symposium on Plant tissue Culture in Philippine Agriculture and Forestry, 1988 My 28-29, Institute of Plant Breeding, UPLB, College, Laguna
    • 26th Cocotech Meeting, Asian and Pacific Coconut Community, 1989 My 15-19, Bangkok, Thailand
    • 20th Annual Convention of the Pest Control Council of the Philippines, 1989 My 9-13, Baguio City
    • 8th Scientific Meeting of the Federation of Crop Science Societies of the Philippines, 1992 My 24-28, Western Mindanao State University, Zamboanga City
    • 11th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Federation of Crop Science Societies of the Philippines, 1995 Ap 23-30, Silliman University, Dumaguete City
    • 9th Regional R & D Highlights,, 1997 Ag 12, BCARRD, CSSAC, Pili, Camarines Sur
    • Coconut Symposium "A Century of the Coconut Industry", 1997 Ag 28, Bureau of Soils and Water Management, Quezon City
    • Makapuno Development and Market Trends Seminar Workshop, 1997 Ap 29, PCRDF, Pasig City
    • EC-Intern'l.l Workshop on the Applic. of Biotech. to Plant Breeding and Crop Protection in Coconut, 1997 Ja 5-7, Mayon International Hotel, Legaspi City, Philippines
    • Investors Forum and Investment Matching, 1997 Jl 11, Bangko Sentral, Davao City