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Alma O. Canama

Outstanding Young Scientist (2013)

Expertise: Plant Genetics, Plant Pathology, Plant Genetic Resources

Alma O. Canama is recognized for her significant contributions to the field of crop biotechnology concentrating on molecular mapping, map-based gene discovery, varietal fingerprinting, line purity and hybridity testing, molecular confirmation and characterization of transgenic crops, diversity analysis, and marker-assisted selection on the breeding programs of several Philippine crops including corn, mungbean, banana, sugarcane, tomato, papaya, and eggplant. Her works on the molecular mapping of genes resistant to bacterial stalk rot of corn, downy mildew of corn and Cercospora leaf spot of mungbean have contributed to the understanding of the genetics of plant resistance and to the design of efficient and effective strategies for breeding for resistance to these diseases.

Affiliation

University Researcher II, Institute of Plant Breeding, College of Agriculture and Food Science, University of the Philippines Los Baños, 4031 College, Laguna, Philippines

Association

    • Adventist Ministry to College and University Students (AMICUS) - UPLB Chapter, Senior Adviser

Award

    • Outstanding Young Scientist Award, NAST-DOST, 2013

Research

    • Fine Mapping of Bacterial Stalk Rot Resistance Loci in Tropical White Maize [Completed], 01 January 2015 to 31 December 2015
    • Molecular Characterization of Philippine Maize Populations [Completed], 01 October 2015 to 30 September 2016

Education

    • University of the Philippines Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines, Master of Science in Genetics

Publication

    • George, M.L.C., Prasanna, B.M., Rathore, R.S., Setty, T.A.S., Kasim, F., Azrai, M., Vasal, S., Balla, O., Hautea, D., Canama, A., Regalado, E., Vargas, M., Khairallah, M., Jeffers, D., & Hoisington, D., (2003) Identification of QTLs conferring resistance to downy mildews of maize in Asia
    • Theoretical and applied genetics Volume 107
    • Hautea, D.M., Molina, G.C., Balatero, C.H., Coronado, N.B., Perez, E.B., Alvarez, M.T.H., Canama, A.O., Akuba, R.H., Quilloy, R.B., Frankie, R.B., & Caspillo, C.S., (2004) Analysis of induced mutants of Philippine with molecular markers
    • In: Banana Improvement: Cellular, Molecular Biology and Induced Mutations. Jain, S.M., & Swennen, R., Eds.
    • Ripalda, R.R., Hautea, D.M., Narciso, J.O., & Canama, A.O., (2012) Inheritance and expression of cry1Ac gene in Bt eggplant backcross populations in the Philippines
    • Philippine Journal of Crop Science Volume 37, No. 3
    • Canama, A.O., & Hautea, D.M., (2010) Molecular Mapping of Resistance to Bacterial Stalk Rot (Pectobacterium chrysanthemi pv. zeae Burk., McFad. and Dim.) in Tropical White Maize (Zea mays L.)
    • The Philippine Agricultural Scientist Volume 93, No. 4
    • Galvez, H.F., Malijan, A.K.B., Canama, A.O., Pascual, C.B., Manguiat, P.H., Quilloy, R.B., Jubay, M.L.S., Tongson, E.J.U., Ripalda, R.R., & Hautea, D.M., (2011) Marker-assisted breeding of downy mildew resistant corn for the Philippines
    • XX International Plant and Genome (PAG) Conference Volume 36
    • Canama, A.O., Ruswandi, D., Latiza, M.A., Balatero, C.H., & Hautea, D.M., (2002) Genetic linkage map of maize for localization of resitance gene against maize downy mildew [Perenossclenospora philippinensis (Weston) Shaw]
    • Philippine Crop Journal
    • Saracanlao, R.J.R., Ocampo, E.T.M., Canama, A.O., Manaday, S.J., Maghirang, R.G., & Delfin, E.F., (2016) SSR-based genetic relationship in eggplant (Solanum melongena) genotypes with varying morphological response to drought
    • Phiippine Journal of Crop Science Volume 41, No. 3
    • Maravilla, A.M.B., Ocampo, E.T.M., Canama, A.O., & Delfin, E.F., (2017) Hybridity Testing of Eggplant F1 Progenies Derived from Parents with Varying Response to Drought Using SSR Markers
    • Philippine Journal of Science Volume 146, No. 3
    • Galvez, H.F., Canama, A.O., Gardoce, R.R., Caoili, B.L., Sison, M.L.J., Quilloy, R.B., Lantican, D.V., Dancel, M.P., Cortaga, C.Q., Rivera, S.M., Emmanuel, E.E., Cueto, C.C., Trinidad, L.C., Strickler, S.S., Fernandez-Pozo, N., & Mueller, L.A., (2016) Genomics approach to mine genes and search for genetic material towards insect resistance breeding in coconut
    • Philippine Journal of Crop Science Volume 42
    • Valencia, L., Lorenzo, J.C.A., Canama, A.O., Ibarra, A.C., & Galvez, H.F., (2016) Baseline studies in pineapple cv. 'Queen' pollen grains towards intensified pineapple breeding program
    • Philippine Journal of Crop Science Volume 42
    • Lorenzo, J.C.A., Canama, A.O., Valencia, L., Canicosa, J.E.B., & Galvez, H.F., (2016) Mutation induction in pineapple through seed EMS [ethylmethane sulfonate] mutagenesis
    • Philippine Journal of Crop Science Volume 42, No. supplement
    • Fernandez, E.C.J., Cortes, R.V., Alcasid, R.E., Lantican, D.V., Canama, A.O., Dolores, L.M., Quilloy, R.B., & Galvez, H.F., (2015) Virus resistance and molecular mutational analysis of tomato mutant lines
    • Philippine Journal of Crop Science Volume 40, No. supplement
    • Cardona, D.E.M., Manohar, A.N.C., Isabedra, A.C.I., Canama, A.O., Rivera, R.L., & Reano, C.E., (2015) SSR polymorphism analysis among coconut (Cocos nucifera L.) parental genotypes towards genetic mapping for copra yield and quality
    • Philippine Journal of Crop Science Volume 40
    • Galvez, H.F., Lantican, D.V., Dancel, M.P., Malijan, A.K.B., Canama, A.O., Quilloy, R.B., Elmido, E.L., & Cueto, C.A., (2015) Towards coconut scale insect resistance breeding of selected coconut varieties
    • Philippine Journal of Crop Science Volume 40
    • Manaday, S.J., Canama, A., Ocampo, E.T., Maghirang, R., & Delfin, E., (2014) Screening of eggplant germplasm for the development of drought-tolerant varieties
    • Philippine Journal of Crop Science Volume 39
    • Fernandez, E.C.J., Galvez, H.F., Canama, A.O., Lantican, D.V., Quilloy, R.B., & Ripalda, R.R., (2014) Microsatellite DNA analysis of corn (Zea mays L.) inbred lines selected for downy mildew resistance
    • Philippine Journal of Crop Science Volume 39
    • Saracanlao, R.J., Ocampo, E.T.M., Canama, A.O., Manaday, S.J., Maghirang, R., & Delfin, E., (2014) SSR-based genetic relationship in eggplant genotypes with varying morphological response to drought
    • Philippine Journal of Crop Science Volume 39
    • Galvez, H.F., Canama, A.O., Quilloy, R.B., Cortes, R.V., Lantican, D.V., Ripalda, R.R., Schafleitner, R., Yen, J., Kebasen, B.A., & Tandang, L.L., (2014) Phenotypic characterization and molecular screening of induced mutation in tomato for virus resistance
    • Philippine Journal of Crop Science Volume 39
    • Canama, A.O., Fajardo, R.H., Dolores, L.M., & Reyes, M.E.C., (2013) Detection and confirmation of Ty genes in ToLCV-resistant tomato lines
    • Philippine Journal of Crop Science Volume 38
    • Lantican, D.V., Canama, A.O., Malijan, A.K.B., Pascual, C.B., Quilloy, R.B., Manguiat, P.H., & Galvez, H.F., (2013) Optimization of QTL region for downy mildew resistance corn
    • Philippine Journal of Crop Science Volume 38