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Willie P. Abasolo

Agriculture, Outstanding Young Scientist (2007)

Expertise: Plant Biomechanics, Wood Anatomy, Agriculture , Forestry

Dr. Willie P. Abasolo is recognized of his pioneering researches on rattan (Calamus spp.) and several bamboo species as well as his significant work on the micro-mechanics of the plant cell wall. His investigation on the thermo-mechanical properties of the rattan cane gave the exact softening temperature of the material. This offered the much-needed information on the efficient processing of rattan canes. Further, he has studied the effects of site conditions on the growth behavior and properties of rattan grown in plantations to define the optimum conditions where the plant can produce the best cane and to serve as basis in the selection of future sites.

Affiliation

Assistant Professor, Forest Products and Paper Science Dept., College of Forestry and Natural Resources, UPLB, College, Laguna

Association

    • Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces Alumni Association, Member
    • Forest Research Society of the Philippines, Charter Member
    • New York Academy of Sciences, Member
    • International Association of Wood Anatomist, Member
    • Max-Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces Alumni Meeting, Poster Presenter
    • International Botanical Congress, Poster Presenter
    • Society of Filipino Foresters, Member (since 1993) - Awardee (1999)
    • Gamma Sigma Delta Society of Agriculture Los Baños Chapter, Member
    • Zeta Beta Rho Honor Fraternity, UPLB, Member
    • Forest Research Society of the Philippine Annual Meeting, Organizer

Employment

    • Department of Biomaterial, Max-Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam, Germany:, Post- Doctoral Fellow, 2005-2006
    • Biomaterial Physics LaboratoryGraduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences, Nagoya, Japan, Visiting Researcher, O 2003.
    • Graduate School of Bloagricultural Sciences, Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan:, Teaching Fellow, 1996-2002
    • Department of Wood Science and Technology College of Forestry, UPLB, Instructor, 1993-1996
    • Zeta Beta Rho Mussaenda Foundation Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines, Research Associate, 1993.
    • Forest Biological Sciences, University of the Philippines, Los Ba?os, Philippines, Student Assistant, 1992-1993
    • Biomaterial Physics Laboratory, Visiting Researcher, 2005 D
    • Biomaterial Physics Laboratory, Visiting Researcher, 2002 O

Award

    • Outstanding Young Scientist (Agriculture), NAST-DOST, 2007
    • Post Doctoral Fellowship, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, 2005-2006
    • International Publication Award, University of the Philippines, 2005
    • Travel Grant, Biomaterial Physics Laboratory, Graduate School of Biogricultural Sciences, Nagoya University, Japan, 2005
    • Professorial Chair, The Washington Professorial Chair for the Physical Science, 2003-2004
    • Research Grant, International Foundation of Science , Sweden, 2003-2004
    • Travel Grant, Biomaterial Physics Laboratory, Graduate School of Biogricultural Sciences, Nagoya University, Japan, 2004
    • Monbosho Scholarship, Japan Ministry of Education, 1996-2002
    • Top Ten Board Passers, Plaque of Recognition, PRC, Forestry Board Examiners, 1994
    • Cum laude, UPLB, 1993
    • Chancellor's Pin, UPLB, 1993
    • Medal of Academic Excellence in the Field of Forestry, College of Forestry Faculty, UPLB, 1993
    • Guillermo Ponce Scholarship, UPLB, 1990-1993
    • Travel Grant, Biomaterial Physics Laboratory, Graduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences, Nagoya university , 2003
    • Forestry Board of Examiners, PRC

Research

    • Site conditions and growth characteristics of plantation-grown palasan canes (Calamus merill Becc.) [Completed]
    • The crucial role of the matrix polymers on primary cell wall mechanics studies using Arabidopsis mutants with altered polysaccharide composition. [Completed]

Papers Presented

    • Enzymatic Modification of Primary and Secondary Cell Walls - A Tool for Better Insights into the Mechanical Functions of Cell Wall Polymers, 17th International Botanical Congress, Austria Center, Vienna, Austria
    • Stress Generation in Calamus merrillii Becc, IAWA Pan-American Regional Group Meeting,
    • Properties of Rattan Canes, 4th South and East Asian Countries Non-Timber Forest Products Network (SEANN) Workshop, UPLB, College, Laguna, Philippines
    • Quality of Rattan Canes, 3rd International Wood Science Symposium, Uji, Kyoto, Japan
    • Structure and Properties of Rattan II. (Silica distribution) , 50th Annual Meeting of the Japan Wood Research Society, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan
    • Structure-function Relationships of Primary Cell Walls , Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces Alumni Meeting, Potsdam, Germany
    • Structure and Properties of Rattan (Microstructure and properties), 49th Annual Meeting of the Japan Wood Research Society, Tokyo University of Agriculture, Tokyo, Japan
    • Anatomy and Quality of Rattan Canes, 48th Annual Meeting of the Japan Wood Research Society, Shizuoka University, Shizuoka, Japan
    • Structure-function Relationships of Primary Cell Walls, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces Alumni Meeting, Potsdam, Germany

Education

    • Graduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences, Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan, Doctor of Agriculture, Major in Forest Products, 2002
    • Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam, Germany, Post Doctor, 2006
    • Graduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences, Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan, Doctor of Agriculture, major in Forest Products, 1999
    • College of Forestry University of the Philippines, Los Baños, Laguna, B.S. Forestry (Cum Laude), 1993
    • Laguna School of Arts and Trades, Sta Cruz, Laguna, Vocational, Automotive Technology, 1989

Publication

    • Abasolo, W., Yoshida, M., Yamamoto, H., Okuyama, T., (2002.) Thermal softening of rattan canes.Influence of the hemicellulose-lignin matrix
    • Journal of Bamboo and Rattan Volume 1, No. 4
    • Abasolo, W., Yoshida, M., Yamamoto, H., Okuyama, T., (2002) Influence of heat and loading time on the mechanical properties of Calamus merrill Becc.
    • Holzforschung Volume 56, No. 6
    • Abasolo, W., Yoshida, M., Yamamoto, H., Okuyama, T., (2001) Silica in several rattan species.
    • Holzforschung Volume 55, No. 6
    • Abasolo, W., Yoshida, M., Yamamoto, H., Okuyama, T., (2000) Microfibril angle determination of rattan fibers and its influence on the properties of the cane.
    • Holzforschung Volume 54(4)
    • Yamomoto, H., Kojima, Y., Okuyama, T., Abasolo, W.P., Gril, J., (2002) Origin of the biomaterial properties of wood related to the fine structure of the multilayered cell wall
    • Transaction of the ASME Volume 124
    • Abasolo, W., Yoshida, M., Yamamoto, H., Okuyama, T., (2003) Stress generation in Calamus merrillii Becc
    • IAWA Journal Volume 3, No. 310
    • Abasolo, W., Yoshida, M., Yamamoto, H., Okuyama, T., (2005) Influence of cell type on the thermal softening of Calamus merrillii Becc.
    • IAWA Journal Volume 26, No. 3
    • Abasolo, W., Fernandez, E.C., Liese, W., (2005) Fiber characteristics of Gigantochloa levis and Dendrocalamus asper as influenced by organic fertilizer
    • Journal of Tropical Forest Science Volume 18, No. 1
    • Abasolo, W.P., Dizon, J.T., Nepomuceno, D.N., (2005) Overview of the Laguna Lake Basin (Chapter 1)
    • Ecosystems and People, The Philippine Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) Sub Global Assessment, Environment Forestry Programme, College of Forestry and Natural Resources, UPLB
    • Abasolo, W., Yoshida, M., Yamamoto, H., Okuyama, T., (2003) Stress Generation in Calamus merrillii Becc.
    • IAWA Journal Volume 24, No. 310
    • Abasolo, W., Yoshida, M., Yamamoto, H., Okuyama, T., (2001) Properties of rattan canes
    • University of Philippines at Los Ba?os, College, Laguna
    • Abasolo, W., Yoshida, M., Yamamoto, H.,Okuyama, T., (2001) Quality of rattan canes
    • Tokyo University, Japan
    • Abasolo, W., Yoshida, M., Yamamoto, H., Okuyama, T., (2001) Chemical properties of several rattan species
    • Tokyo, Japan
    • Abasolo, W., Yoshida, M., Yamamoto, H., Okuyama, T., (2000) Structure and properties of rattan
    • Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan
    • Abasolo, W., Yoshida, M., Yamamoto, H., Okuyama, T., (1999) Internal stress generation in rattan canes
    • IAWA Journal Volume 20, No. 1
    • Abasolo, W., Yoshida, M., Yamamoto, H., Okuyama, T., (1999) Structure and properties of rattan
    • Tokyo University of Agriculture, Tokyo, Japan
    • Abasolo, W., Yoshida, M., Yamamoto, H.,Okuyama, T., (1998) Anatomy and quality of rattan canes
    • Shizuoka University, Japan
    • Abasolo, W.P., () Site Conditions and Growth Characteristics of Plantation-Grown Palasan Canes.
    • Journal of Bamboo and Rattan.
    • Abasolo, W., Yamauchi, K., Obel, N., Pauly, M., and Burgert, I., () The crucial role of the matrix polymers on primary cell wall mechanics studied using Arabidopsis mutants with altered polysaccharide composition.
    • The Plant Journal

Trainings

    • 3rd Bamboo Congress, 2004
    • Teaching Seminar on Adult Education, 2003
    • 4th South and East Asian Countries Non-Timber Forest Products Network (SEANN) Workshop, 2001
    • 3rd International Wood Science Symposium, 2001
    • 51st Annual Meeting of the Japan Society of Wood Science, 2001
    • 50th Annual Meeting of the Japan Society of Wood Science, 2000
    • 49th Annual Meeting of the Japan Society of Wood Science, 1999
    • 48th Annual Meeting of the Japan Society of Wood Science, 1998