If protecting plants is a problem, trust Dr. Asuncion Raymundo to offer a solution. She found a way to fight destructive crop microbes. Ralstonia solanacearum and Xanthomonas oryzae. She has shown that some banana diseases were caused by the same strain of Ralstonia, a very vital information in the planning and implementation of disease-management strategy for crops. She also identified causal organisms in soil samples by cloning part of the R. solanacearum DNA and applying the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technique.
Her work helps farmers obtain the key information on the pathogen strains present in the soil, allowing them to choose which crop is best suited for cultivation. This pioneering work also earned for Dr. Raymundo the 2001 PANTAS Award by the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCCARRD)-Department of Science and Technology (DOST).
Dr. Asuncion Raymundo also led a research team that found how the mushroom species Clitopilus passeckerianus produces the antibiotic called pleuromutilin.
For her other research, Dr. Raymundo received several prestigious awards, including the National Research Council of the Philippines Distinguished Award in Biology, UPLB Outstanding Teacher, and the Crop Science of the Philippine Achievement Award in Research.
Dr. Raymundo completed her bachelor’s degree (cum laude) at the UP College of Agriculture, where she majored in soil microbiology. She received her MS at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, both in the United States.
► National Academy of Science and Technology. http://www.nast.dost.gov.ph/pro_raymundo.htm
►Garcia, Raymundo get national awards. http://www.up.edu.ph/forum/2001/10/awards.html