In recognition of her most outstanding contributions and leadership in the field of conservation and utilization of plant genetic resources, especially vegetables. Under her stewardship, the vegetable gene bank of the Asian Vegetable Research and Development Center (AVRDC) now has the world's most extensive collection of vegetable germplasm, especially tropical vegetables of more than 10,000 accessions. Further, she pursued vigorously the reintroduction of these indigenous vegetables into cultivation. Her module of indigenous vegetable gene banking and utilization has been adapted by other countries in Central Asia and in Africa. She has continued to train and menntor students in genetics, crop evolution and plant genetic resources from the University of the Philippines who do their researches at her laboratory at AVDRC.
Birthdate: 7 August 1943