For his research on cytoplasmic inheritance of hypersensitivity to a disease in maize, a discovery that has created an awareness among biologists of the importance of genetic diversity as a weapon against environmental adversities.
Dr. Lantican's efforts in plant breeding, more specifically in the development of varietal resistance and the improvement of plant structure and morphology, have paved the way for the release of outstanding varieties. These varieties are now being commercially grown by farmers in the Philippines, parts of Southeast Asia, East Asia and South Asia. The new plant structure developed in mungbean through his effort and that of his team has resulted in doubling of yields. The plant types evolved in the Philippines were heavily used as parents in the breeding program of the Asian Vegetable Research and Development Center (AVRDC) in Taiwan.
Birthdate: 8 January 1933
- Ph.D. Pland Breeding and Genetics - Iowa State University 1961
- M.S Crop Science - North Carolina State College 1956
- B.S.A Agronomy - University of the Philippines 1954
- Genetic improvement of leguminous high protein crops (mungbean, soybean and peanut) through modification of plant architecture, infusion of genetic resistance to major diseases and induced capacity for atmospheric nitorgen fixation.
Honors and Awards Received:
- 1969 - Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Philippines (TOYM)
- 1975 - Honorary Fellow Award - Crop Science Society of the Philippines
- 1976 - Pro Patria Presidential Award - Republic of the Philippines
- 1978 - Professional Achievement Award - University of the Philippines Alumni Association
- 1980 - Research Award - Crop Science Society of the Philippines
- 1982 - Achievement Award - National Research Council of the Philippines
- 1988 - Academician - National Academy of Science and Technology
- 1999 - Fellow - Third World Academy of Sciences
- 2005 - Proclaimed as National Scientist - President of the Republic of the Philippines