CMU student wins in Asia-Pacific agro-science tilt

Fedencio Paslon Jr. receives his plaques, medal and US$1,000  from Dr. Ma. Luisa Soliven, Cental Mindanao University president, and representatives from AllTech. | BukidnonNews.Net photo by Carl Ace C. Parilla

Fedencio Paslon Jr. receives his plaques, medal and US$1,000 from Dr. Ma. Luisa Soliven, Cental Mindanao Universite president, and representatives from AllTech. | BukidnonNews.Net photo by Carl Ace C. Parilla


MUSUAN, Maramag, Bukidnon (BukidnonNews.Net/21 June) Central Mindanao University master’s degree student Fedencio V. Paslon, Jr. won second place in an agro-science competition in the Asia-Pacific region.

He won in the research-based AllTech Young Scientist Competition (AYS) – Graduate Category.

Paslon, a student taking Master of Science in Plant Pathology, presented his study entitled “Antagonistic Effects of Different Rhizobacteria against Bacterial Blight Pathogen (Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae) and Growth Performance of Rice (Oryza sativa L.).” He prevailed second best in Asia Pacific Region over 9000 entries worldwide.

The first prize was bagged by a researcher from China.

Fedencio Palson Jr. |Photo courtesy of Redlens Studio

Fedencio Palson Jr. |Photo courtesy of Redlens Studio

The CMU academic community honored Paslon in an awarding ceremony at the university administration building on June 19.

The awarding rite was held along with the opening salvo of the 50th anniversary of Central Mindanao University. The campus launch of the Alltech Young Scientist 2015-16 was also held.

Dr. Ma. Luisa Soliven, university president, handed a medal, two plaques of recognition, and the prize of US$ 1,000. Mr. Damy Garino and Mr. Grant Amoncio, AllTech representatives, attended the awarding rites.

Soliven hailed Paslon for being the first CMUan to win in the said competition. She also assured that there will be more winners from the university in the future.

Amoncio, also a graduate of CMU and one of its previous student leaders, challenged the university to produce winners especially in the undergraduate category. A researcher from Pampanga won the first place in the competition’s undergraduate category.

“The feeling was very good”, the 26-year old Paslon said recalling his reaction when he was informed of the result. The awardee works as a research entomologist in Syngenta in General Santos.

“There was a good use of figures and tables and the paper was well referenced. Great research”, said Dr. Inge Russell, Scientific Director of the AYS, as quoted by Amoncio.

AYSC is already on its tenth and is the biggest agro-science research competition in the world. The finals is held annually in Lexington, USA. It is devoted in searching the best student researchers and is participated by more than 60 countries around the globe. (By Carl Ace R. Parilla/BukidnonNews.Net)