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Dioscoro L. Umali

National Scientist (1986), NAST Academician

Expertise: Plant Breeding, Improving Agricultural Methods thru Breeding Superior Plant Strains

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.

Affiliation

Emeritus Professor of Plant Breeding, UP College of Agriculture, UPLB, College, Laguna

Association

    • Society for the Advancement of Research, Life Member
    • Sigma Xi, Member
    • Phil Kappa Phi (Univ. of the Philippines and Cornell University Chapter), Member
    • National Research Council of the Philippines, Member
    • Phi Sigma (Biological Honor Society, Member
    • Gamma Sigma Delta (Honor Society for Agriculture), Member
    • Philippine Association for the Advancement of Science, Chairman, Resolutions Committee
    • Philippine Association for the Advancement of Science, Director
    • Genetics Society of India, Member
    • American Genetics Association, Member
    • American Society for the Agronomy, Member
    • American Association for the Advancement of Science, Member
    • Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Society, Member
    • Kappa Phi Sigma Conservation Development Society, Member
    • Philippine Association of Agriculturists, Chairman, Agronomy Section
    • Philippine Association of Colleges of Agriculture in the Philippines, President
    • Philippine Society of Animal Sciences, Honorary Member
    • American Society for Public Administration, Member

Employment

    • National Academy of Science and Technology, Past President
    • Asian Non-Governmental Organization Qualition for Agrarain reform and Rural Development, Past Chairman
    • Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation, Past Chairman, Board of Trustees
    • PROC, International Rice Research Institute, Past Part-time Research Scientist
    • Cooperative Union of the Philippines for Small farmers, Past Chairman, 1984
    • Rural Systems Development Foundation, Past Chairman, Board of Directors
    • Los Banos Rural Bank, Past Chairman, Board of Directors
    • Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, Past Assistant Director General and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, 1972 - 1981
    • Republic of the Philippines, Past Undersecretary or Vice Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources, 1966 - 1968
    • UPLB, Past Dean, College of Agriculture and Vice President for Agriculture and Forestry Affairs, 1959 - 1972
    • UPLB, First Director of Southeast Asia Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture
    • UPLB, Professor of Plant Breeding, 1956 - 1959

Award

    • National Scientist Award, Malacanang, Manila, Philippines, 11 Jl 1986
    • Sinag-Buhay Award, Philippine Agricultuaral Economics and Development Association, Inc., 7 Ag 1991
    • Plaque of Recognition, SEAMO-SEARCA, 27 N 1991
    • Most Outstanding and Distinguished Alumnus Award , UPLB, 1970
    • Recipient of 5 Honoris Causa degrees, National and International Universities
    • More than a hundred testimonials and recognitions Awards, Various institutions

Education

    • Cornell University, USA, Ph.D. in Agriculture (Genetics and Plant Breeding), 1949
    • University of the Philippines, College, Laguna, B. S. Agriculture, 1939

Publication

    • (1940) A study on coconut seed selection for germination
    • Philippine Agriculturist Volume 29, No. 4
    • (1940) A study on coconut seed selection for germination
    • U.P. College of Agriculture Biweekly Bulletin Volume 8, No. 14
    • (1949) Mutagenic action of some chemicals in maize
    • Maize Genetics Cooperative Newsletter Volume 23
    • Dioscoro L. Umali, E. S. Castillo, P. S. Castillo, (S 1950) The effect of time of lodging upon the yield and other agronomic characteristics of rice
    • Philippine Agriculturist Volume 40, No. 4
    • Dioscoro L. Umali, Carlos G. Valdez, (S 1951) The fertility relationship of abaca with pacol and canton
    • Philippine Agriculturist Volume 35, No. 4
    • Romualdo V. Eusebio, Dioscoro L. Umali, (Mr 1954) A test of four green-manure crops for corn
    • U.P. College of Agriculture Biweekly Bulletin Volume 18, No. 17
    • (1953) The importance of genetic diversity in relation to hybrid vigor of corn in the Philippines
    • Eighth Pacific Science Congress of the Pacific Science Association
    • (Ap-My 1954) Cooperative rice and corn improvement program: U.P. College of Agriculture and Bureau of Plant Industry
    • Plant Industry Digest Volume 17, No. 4-5
    • P. S. Castillo, H. K. Hayes, Dioscoro L. Umali, J. L. Brewbaker, (Ap-My 1954) Cooperative upland rice experiment at the Central Experimet Station in the wet season of 1953
    • Plant Industry Digest Volume 17, No. 4-5
    • J. L. Brewbaker, Dioscoro L. Umali, H. K. Hayes, P. S. Castillo, (Ap-My 1954) Correlation studies of upland rice varieties in the wet season of 1953
    • Plant Industry Digest Volume 17, No. 4-5
    • H. K. Hayes, Dioscoro L. Umali, I. S. Santos, (Ap-My 1954) Current method of breeding as applied to the improvement of corn in the Philippines
    • Plant Industry Digest Volume 17, No. 4-5
    • Dioscoro L. Umali, H. K. Hayes, I. S. Santos, (Ap-My 1954) Double-cross yield trial at College
    • Plant Industry Digest Volume 17, No. 4-5
    • (Ap-My 1954) A general combining ability test of yellow and white flint inbred-lines
    • Plant Industry Digest Volume 17, No. 4-5
    • I. S. santos, H. K. Hayes, Dioscoro L. Umali, (Ap-My 1954) Some of the results of cooperative single-cross trials
    • Plant Industry Digest Volume 17, No. 4-5
    • Dioscoro L. Umali, H. K. Hayes, I. S. Santos, (Ap-My 1954) Trials of provincial strains of yello flint corn in the dry season of 1952-1953
    • Plant Industry Digest Volume 17, No. 4-5
    • (S 1955) Corn varieties
    • U.P. College of Agriculture Monthly Bulletin Volume 20, No. 3
    • Dioscoro L. Umali, T. L. Ayala, (Jr 5, 1955) Science and the rice problem
    • Sunday Times Magazine
    • Dioscoro L. Umali, J. L. Brewbaker, (O-N 1956) Abaca and its improvement
    • Philippine Agriculturist Volume 40, No. 5-6
    • J. L. Brewbaker, Dioscoro L. Umali, (O-N 1956) Classification of Philippine Musae I. The genera Musa L. and Ensete Horan
    • Philippine Agriculturist Volume 40, No. 5-6
    • J.L. Brewbaker, D. D. Gorrez, Dioscoro L. Umali, (O-N 1956) Classification of Philippie Musae II. Canton and Minay, putative hybrid forms of Musa testilis Nee and Musa balbisiana Coll.
    • Philippine Agriculturist Volume 40, No. 5-6
    • Dioscoro L. Umali, E. S. Castillo, P. S. Castillo, (S 1956) The effect of time of lodging upon the yield and other agronomic characteristics of rice
    • Philippine Agriculturist Volume 40, No. 4
    • Dioscoro L. Umali, Dolores A. Ramirez, (D 1956) The nature of lodging in rice
    • Philippine Agriculturist Volume 40, No. 7
    • (Je 1956) Cooperative improvement program in the Philippines
    • International Rice Commission Newsletter, FAO Volume 18
    • Dioscoro L. Umali, J. P. Torres, P. A. Honrado, R. V. Manio, E. Rigor, (Ap-My 1954) Cooperative rice improvement program in the Philippines
    • Plant Industry Digest Volume 17, No. 4-5
    • Fernando A. Bernardo, Dioscoro L. Umali, (O-N 1956) Possible sources of resistance to abaca mosaic and bunchy-top
    • Philippine Agriculturist Volume 40, No. 5-6
    • Dioscoro L. Umali, C. M. Silverio, I. S. Santos, (Jl 1956) Preliminary study of some factors affecting the milling recovery of rice in the Philippines
    • Philippine Agriculturist Volume 40, No. 2
    • Dioscoro L. Umali, Fernando A. Bernardo, Gerardo O. Ocfemia, (Jl 1956) Reaction of Pacol-abaca F1 hybrids to abaca mosaic and buchy-top
    • Philippine Agriculturist Volume 40, No. 2
    • Dioscoro L. Umali, F. R. Ick, Faustino T. Orillo, (Ag 1956) Reaction of varieties of abaca and its relation to vascular disease
    • Philippine Agriculturist Volume 40, No. 3
    • (D 1956) Recent advances in the rice and corn improvement in the Philippines
    • Aggie Green and Gold
    • Dioscoro L. Umali, J. F. Jamias, (1957) Can the Philippines produce its own food?
    • Sunday Times Magazine
    • J. N. Tepora, Dioscoro L. Umali, (Ag 1957) FB-24, a "runner" type variety of rice
    • Philippine Agriculturist Volume 41, No. 3
    • (D 1957) Research, extension go hand and hand; scientist has social responsibility
    • U.P. College of Agriculture Monthly Bulletin Volume 22, No. 6
    • Dioscoro L. Umali, R. M. Payson, I. S. Santos, (Jl-Ag 1958) Effects of certain storage factors on the milling recovery of Milfor 6 (2)
    • Philippine Agriculturist Volume 42, No. 2-3
    • H. L. Everett, Dioscoro L. Umali, I. S. Santos, (Je 1958) Multiple fertilization in maize (Zea mays L.)
    • Philippine Agriculturist Volume 42, No. 1
    • Dioscoro L. Umali, Fernando A. Bernardo, (O 1958) Notes on mutant forms among Philippine plants. I. A case of green santol (Sandoricum koetjape Merr.)
    • Philippine Agriculturist Volume 42, No. 5
    • Dioscoro L. Umali, Fernando A. Bernardo, (O 1958) Notes on mutant forms among Philippine plants. II. Seedless avocado (Persia americana Mill).
    • Philippine Agriculturist Volume 42, No. 5
    • Dioscoro L. Umali, Fernando A. Bernardo, (D 1958) Notes on mutant forms among Philippine plants. III. Plicate-leafed coconut trees
    • Philippine Agriculturist Volume 42, No. 7
    • (Ja 1958) Status of rice improvement in the Philippines
    • Philippine Agriculturist Volume 41, No. 8
    • Dioscoro L. Umali, Fernando A. Bernardo, (Je 1959) Fifty years of rice improvement in the College of Agriculture
    • Philippine Agriculturist (Golden Jubilee Supllement) Volume 43
    • Dioscoro L. Umali, R. C. Dumlao, (N 1960) A preliminary study on the cancellation of dormancy period of rice seed
    • Philippine Agriculturist Volume 44, No. 6
    • Dioscoro L. Umali, Pedro A. Rodrigo, Albino P. Varona, I. V. Castillo, L. A. Panlilio, (1961) Factors affecting rice underproduction and suggested remedies:
    • Proceedings of the interdisciplinary Symposia, NSTW Area I-Agriculture
    • Dioscor L. Umlai, Dolores a. Ramirez, P. S. Castillo, N. G. Mamicpic, (1961) Prformance of Philippine lowland and upland rice varieties
    • College of Agriculture, U. P. Technical Bulletin , No. 9
    • (Mr 1962) The causes of our recurring rice problem: I. Ineffective communication of techical knowledge to rice farmers
    • Coffee and Cacao Journal Volume 5, No. 1
    • (Jl 1962) The causes of our recurring rice problem: II. Lack of production incentive
    • Coffee and Cacao Journal Volume 5, No. 5
    • (Jl-Ag 1962) New frontiers in rice research
    • Philippine Agriculturist Volume 46, No. 2-3
    • P. B. Escuro, J. A. Malabuyoc, N. G. Mamicpic, Dioscoro L. Umali, R. L. Villareal, (F 1962) Performance tests of early and medium-maturing lowland rice varieties under dry-season irrigated conditions
    • Philippine Agriculturist Volume 45, No. 9
    • (My 1962) A proposed storage ad marketing program for rice
    • Coffee and Cacao Journal Volume 5, No. 3
    • (Ja 1962) The rice dilemma: its causes, effects and suggested remedies
    • Philippine Agriculturist Volume 45, No. 8
    • (1963) Director E. de la Cruz: his life and achievements
    • Forestry Leaves Volume 14, No. 1-2
    • (Ap-Je 1963) A pattern for progress in Philippine agriculture
    • Philippine Journal of Nutrition Volume 16, No. 2
    • (Mr 1963) A pattern for progress in Philippine agriculture
    • Agricultural and Industrial Life Volume 25, No. 3
    • (Je 1963) A pattern for progress in Philippine agriculture
    • Coffee and Cacao Journal Volume 6, No. 4
    • (1964) A reappraisal of the rice problem
    • National Science and Techology Week Proceedings
    • (Ja 1964) A reappraisal of the rice problem
    • Science Review Volume 5, No. 1
    • (F 1964) A reappraisal of the rice problem
    • Agricultural and Industrial Life Volume 26, No. 2
    • (Ap 1964) A reappraisal of the rice problem
    • Agricultural ad Industrial Life Volume 26, No. 4
    • (D 1964) How to solve the rice problem
    • Rice and Corn Progress Volume 1, No. 2
    • (S 1964) Rice statesmanship
    • Los Banos Alumni Monthly Bulletin Volume 30, No. 1
    • (Ag 1964) Realistic approaches to the rice problem
    • Coffee and Cacao Journal Volume 7, No. 6
    • (S 1964) Realistic approaches to the rice problem
    • Coffee and Cacao Journal Volume 7, No. 7
    • (Ja 1965) Possible research areas to improve agricultural productivity
    • Philippine Agriculturist Volume 49, No. 1