Jose Velasco

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This is a photo of a National Scientist, who had valuable contributions on the fields of agricultural chemistry, and plant physiology. Photo courtesy of DOST - SPHERES.

Dr. Jose R. Velasco (February 4, 1916 - January 24, 2007) was a renowned Filipino plant physiologist known for his researches on soil and plant nutrition.


Career and Contributions

Dr. Jose Velasco pioneered various researches on plant physiology, soil ecology, and photoperiodism. He was most regarded for his interest in coconut research, particularly on the cadang-cadang or the coconut blight disease, which is known to plague coconut trees. His works contributed significantly on crop science and became the basis of crop production management practices. [1]

For his scientific achievements, Dr. Velasco received the Guggenheim Foundation fellowship (1963); the UP Alumni Association Distinguished Alumnus Award (1971); the Planters Products Achievement award for crop science teaching (1974); and the PCCP Distinguished Award in pest management (1974). He was proclaimed as National Scientist in 1998.


  1. "Jose Ramirez Velasco." Specialized Philippine Enterprise Reference of Experts and Scientists (DOST - SPHERES), Accessed on January 12, 2021.

2. DOST-NAST (2000). National Scientists of the Philippines (1978-1998). Anvil Publishing Inc.

3. Gorgonio, Luis (1998). The Filipino Scientists. Loacan Publishing House.



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