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.