Ramon Barba

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Ramon Barba one of the recipient for 1974 TOYM Awardees for Agriculture.

The youngest of four siblings, Ramon Cabanos Barba was born on 31 August 1939 to lawyer Juan Madamba Barba and Lourdes Cabanos.

Ramon Barba is a PH.D. Horticulture.



Barba had elemntary schooling at Sta. Rosa Academy in 1951, where he received third honors.

He obtained his PH.D. Horticulure at the University of Hawaii, 1967, Masteral of Science in Horticulture at the University of Georgia in 1962, and Bachelor of Science in Agricutlute, majoring in Agronomy and Fruit Production at the University of the Philippines, 1958.


This is in recognition of his significant and outstanding scientific and technological contributions to Philippine Agriculture including the discovery of a very effective and practical flower induction treatment which is considered as the most significant breakthrough in mango research in the country. His technology of using potassium nitrate to stimulate flowering is a milestone in the study of tropical tree physiology and is the main stimulus to the growth of the local mango industry.

His researches on tissue culture of bananas, sugarcane, cassava, and many other horticultural crops have resulted in the development of valuable methodologies in plant physiology and plant breeding.

His dedication, perseverance, innovativeness and positive attitude to work productively despite limited resources serve as an example especially to aspiring scientists - that one does not need highly developed facilities and good compensation to discover something significant and useful.

His willingness to share his discovery to the greatest number of beneficiaries is shown by his noble decision of not enforcing his patents so that anybody could freely use the technology. He is selflessly committed to serve the industry in disseminating the technology through lectures, seminars and production guides without material reward.

National Scientist

By the virtue of Proclamation No. 78, Barba has been conferred National Scientist by President Benigno Simeon Aquino III in 2014.

Asian Scientist 100

On 1 May 2016, Barba was one of the five scientists whom made it on Asian Scientist 100 List. He was ranked third.




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