Scientist Profile

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Filomena C. Sta. Cruz

Expertise: Plant and Molecular Virology, Biosafety, Crop Protection Biotechnology, Virus Disease Management

Affiliation

Assist. Professor 5, Crop Protection Cluster, CA, UP Los Baños, Los Baños, Laguna

Head, Crop Protection Biotechnology Division, Crop Protection Cluster, CA, UP Los Baños, Los Baños, Laguna

Graduate Faculty (Member, First Sem. 2006-present), Graduate School, UP Los Baños, Los Baños, Laguna

Evaluator, Research and Extension, UPLB, UP Los Baños, Los Baños, Laguna

Association

    • Graduate Advisory Committee , Chairman and Member
    • Scientific and Technical Review Panel, Member
    • Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society of Agriculture , Member
    • Philippine Phytopathological Society, Member
    • Association of Applied Biologists, Member
    • Australasian Plant Virology Society , Member
    • National Research Council of the Philippines , Member

Employment

    • National Crop Protection Center, UP Los Ba?os , University Researcher III, 2003-2007
    • Entomology and Plant Pathology Division, International Rice Research Institute, Assistant Scientist II, 1998-2002
    • Entomology and Plant Pathology Division, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Senior Research Assistant, 1994-1998
    • Entomology and Plant Pathology Division, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Research Assistant, 1984
    • Dept of Horticulture, UP Los Ba?os, Graduate Assistant, 1983-1984
    • Dept of Horticulture, UP Los Ba?os, Research Assistant, 1980-1982

Award

    • International Publication Award , UP Systems, 2009
    • International Publication Award , UP Systems, 2006
    • Ph.D. Fellowship, Department for International Development, United Kingdom, 1996-1999
    • Special Achievement Award , International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) , 1992
    • Graduate Assistantship , International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) , 1984-1986
    • Graduate Assistantship , National Food and Agriculture Council, 1983-1984
    • Undergraduate Scholarship , Philippine Virginia Tobacco Administration , 1978-1980

Research

    • Occurrence of abaca virus diseases, and identification, characterization, genomics and genetic variability of virus species and strains causing abaca bunchy top [On-going]
    • Establishment of serological and molecular-based diagnostics for the development of multiple and durable virus resistant abaca (Musa textilis Nee) [On-going]
    • Development of IPM strategies for sustainable processing tomato production in the Ilocos Region: Management of the devastating leaf curl disease and its whitefly vector through cultural and nutrient management approaches, and induced virus resistance [On-going]
    • Development and commercialization of Papaya Ringspot Virus (PRSV) Transgenic Resistant Papaya [On-going]
    • Tomato leaf curl management [On-going]
    • Method development for the detection of leaf mottling pathogen in calamansi and sweet orange [Completed]
    • Development of regulatory file for PRSV resistant papaya: Survey and identification of other papaya virus diseases [Completed]
    • Development and commercialization of multiple virus resistant tomato: Variability of cucumber mosaic virus (CMV) and tomato leaf curl virus (ToLCV) [Completed]

Papers Presented

    • Research and Development for Genetically Modified Crops and its Regulations in the Philippines, Seminar on Prospects and Regulatory Framework of Biotechnology with Focus on Genetically Modified Crops, Tokyo, Japan
    • In Search for Natural and Transgenic Resistance to Rice tungro bacilliform virus in Rice, 6th Australasian Plant Virology Workshop, Queensland, Australia
    • Association of mycoplasma-like organisms with rice orange leaf disease in the Philippines, International Congress of Plant Protection, Manila, Philippines

Education

    • University of East Anglia (UEA) John Innes Centre (JIC), Norwich, UK, Ph D (Plant and Molecular Virology), 1996-1999
    • University of the Philippines Los Ba?os, College, Laguna, Philippines, MS (Horticulture/Plant Pathology/Virology), 1982-1986
    • University of the Philippines Los Ba?os, College, Laguna, Philippines, Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (Plant Pathology/ Virology), 1976-1980

Publication

    • Sta. Cruz, F.C., Tiongco, E.R., Koganezawa, H., Cabunagan, R.C. , (1994) Immunosorbent electron microscopy for detection of tungro viruses in crude sap of infected rice
    • Philippine Phytopathology (abstr.) Volume 30
    • Cabauatan, P.Q., Cabunagan, R.C., Sta. Cruz, F.C., Koganezawa, H., (1994) Occurrence of rice dwarf disease in the Philippines)
    • Philippine Phytopathol (abstr.) Volume 30, No. 2
    • Azzam, O., Arboleda, M., Umadhay, K., De Los Reyes, J., Sta. Cruz, F., Mackenzie, A., McNally, K., (2000) Genetic composition and complexity of virus populations at tungro-endemic and outbreak rice sites
    • Arch. Virol. Volume 145
    • Sta. Cruz, F.C., Hull, R. and Azzam, O., (2003) Changes in level of virus accumulation and incidence of infection are critical in the characterization of Rice tungro bacilliform virus (RTBV) resistance in rice
    • Arch Virol. Volume 148
    • Zenna, N.S., Sta. Cruz, F.C., Javier, E.L., DUKA, I.A., Azzam, O., (2006) Genetic analysis of tolerance to Rice tungro bacilliform virus (RTBV) by agroinoculation
    • Journal of Phytopathology Volume 154, No. 4
    • Sta. Cruz, F.C. and Koganezawa, H., (1992) Detection of tungro viruses in host tissues of tungro infected rice by fluorescent antibody staining
    • Philipp. Phytopathol. (abstr.) Volume 28
    • Sta. Cruz, F.C., Tañada, J.M., Elvira, P.R.V., Dolores, L.M., Magdalita, P.M., Hautea, D. M., Hautea, R.A., (2009) Detection of mixed virus infection with Papaya ringspot virus (PRSV) in papaya (Carica papaya L.) grown in Luzon, Philippines
    • Philippine Journal of Crop Science Volume 34, No. 1
    • Yamabao, M.L., Sta. Cruz, F.C., Z., Flores, Z., Koganezawa, H., (1994) Association of P12 of RTBV to virions
    • Philipp. Phtyopathol (abstr) Volume 30
    • Sta. Cruz, F.C., Hibino, H., (1990) Occurrence and localization of rice tungro bacilliform and spherical viruses in host cells of tungro-infected rice (abstract)
    • Philippine Phytopathology Volume 26
    • Sta. Cruz, F.C., Boulton, M.I., Hull, R., Azzam, O., (1999) Agroinoculation allows the screening of rice for resistance to tungro bacilliform virus
    • Jounal of Phytopathology Volume 147
    • Sta. Cruz, F.C., Koganezawa, H., Hibino, H., (1993) Comparative cytology of tungro viruses in selected rice cultivars
    • Journal of Phytopathology Volume 138
    • Naredo, M., Vaughn, D.A., Sta. Cruz, F.C., (1993) Comparative spikelet morphology of Oryza schlecteri
    • Journal of Plant Research Volume 106
    • Duan, Y.P., Cabauatan, P.Q., Sta. Cruz, F.C., Tiongco, E.R., Hibino, H., (1993) Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay of rice tarsonemid mite virus in mites and rice tissues
    • Journal of Plant Prot. Tropics Volume 10, No. 1
    • Hibino, H., Jonson, G. B. and Sta. Cruz, F. C., (1987) Association of mycoplasma-like organism with rice orange leaf disease in the Philippines
    • Plant Disease Volume 71
    • Sta. Cruz, F.C., Hull, R., Azzam, O., (2008) Tungro transgenic resistance
    • In: The Rice Tungro Virus Disease, A Paradigm in Disease Management. E.R. Tiongco, E.R. Angeles and L.S. Sebastian. (eds.). Science City of Mu?oz, Nueva Ecija, Philippines: Philippine Rice Research Institute and Honda Research Institute Japan Co. Ltd.
    • Azzam, O., Kloti, A., Sta. Cruz, F., Futterer, R, Coloquio, J., Potrykus, E. L., I. and R. Hull, R., (1999) Genetic engineering of rice for tungro resistance
    • In: Rice Tungro Disease Management, T.C.B. Chancellor, O. Azzam and K.L Heong (eds.). International Rice Research Institute. Laguna, Philippines
    • Arboleda, M., Sta. Cruz, F.C., Azaam, O., (1999) Preliminary analysis of genetic variation of Rice tungro bacilliform virus in two provinces of the Philippines
    • In: Rice Tungro Disease Management, T.C.B. Chancellor, O. Azzam and K.L Heong (eds.). International Rice Research Institute, Laguna, Philippines
    • Sta. Cruz, F.C., (2008) Tomato leaf curl: A destructive and widespread virus disease of tomato in the Philippines
    • UPLB, Kasakalikasan, Northern Foods Corporation and Food and Agriculture Organization (Technoguide, English and Ilocano version)
    • Bariuan, F.V., Bayot, R.G., Navasero, M., Sta. Cruz, F.C., (2005) Tomato Production and Management Technoguide
    • NCPC, UPLB (Technoguide, English version and Tagalog version)
    • Ebuenga, M.D., Magsino, G., Sta Cruz, F.C., (2005.) Squash Production and Management Technoguide
    • NCPC, UPLB Technoguide
    • Ebuenga, M. D., Magsino, G., Sta Cruz, F. C., Quimio, G. and Padilla, C., (2005) Ampalaya Production and Management Technoguide
    • NCPC, UPLB Technoguide
    • Ma. Elizabeth B. Naredo, Duncan A. Vaughan, Filomena Sta Cruz, (1993) Comparative spikelet morphology of Oryza schlechteri Pilger and related species of Leersia and Oryza (Poaceae)
    • Journal of Plant Research Volume 106, No. 2

Trainings

    • RCA-based Diagnosis of Plant Viruses, 2008 Jl 28-Ag 8, Dept. of Molecular Biol. & Plant Virology, Inst. of Biology, Univ. of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany
    • Integrated Production and Pest Management for Processing Tomato, 2007 Jl 28-Ag 5, Campbell Seeds Research Center in Mexico and USA
    • International Short Course in Biosafety, 2006 Jl 30-Ag 4, Institute of International Agriculture. Michigan State University, Michigan, USA
    • Prospects and Regulatory Framework of Biotechnology with Focus on Genetically Modified Crops, 2004 N 3-4, Tokyo, Japan
    • Microarray and Bioinformatics Training Workshop, 2001 D 3-7, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)
    • Introduction to SAS, 2001 My 7-11, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)
    • Experimental Design and Data Analysis, 2001 F 16-Mr 15, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)
    • Plant Genetic Engineering, 1998 Mr, John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK
    • Protein Expression and Localization of Gene Products, 1997 N, John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK
    • Polymerase Chain Reaction Techniques, 1996 My, University of East Anglia, UK
    • Microscope Training Course, 1987, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)
    • Electron Microscopy Techniques and Applications, 1984, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)