As plant breeder, Dr. Dioscoro Umali specialized in the breeding of rice, corn, abaca and mussaenda. His research output and writings paved the way for the launching of programs of rainfed and upland agriculture, social forestry, environment conservation and rural poverty. Under his stewardship, the UP College of Agriculture became a premier institution of higher learning in Asia. His contributions to the scientific world and to agriculture and rural development have given him due recognition. He is recipient of four honoris causa doctor's degrees and numerous other honors and awards from here and abroad.