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Ramon Barba is a well-known Filipino inventor and horticulturist. He invented a process that caused the flowering and fruiting of mango trees three times a year, instead of once a year, a dramatic advancement in the mango industry.
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EARLY LIFE AND CANCER
- Ramon Barba was the son of lawyer Juan Madamba Barba and Lourdes Cabanos of Ilocos Norte, like Ramon himself, a graduate of the University of the Philippines.
- Barba was born as the youngest of four siblings on August 31, 1939 in Ilocos Norte, Philippines.
- In 1951 he completed his elementary schooling at Sta. Rosa Academy, being the third honor highest among his batchmates.
- He attended his high school at the University of the Philippines, where famous orchid researcher Dr. Helen Layosa Valmayor became his biology laboratory instructor.
- Barba obtained a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture majoring in Agronomy and Fruit Production at the University of the Philippines Los Baños. He graduated there in 1958.
- Barba was inspired by his grandfather Juan Cabanas, who was then an official of the Bureau of Plants and Industry (BPI), as well as by his instructor, Dr. L.G. Gonzales, recognized as the “Father of Horticulture” in the Philippines.
- From 1958 to 1960, after his graduation, Barba worked in the Department of Agronomy, Fruit Crops Section, University of the Philippines College of Agriculture (UPCA) as an assistant instructor.
- He left the university position as he received a scholarship from the University of Georgia where he started conducting experiments on inducing the flowering of plants using gibberellic acid and potassium nitrate as a fertilizer.
- His techniques were confirmed effective, with 400 trees 10–12 years old flowering within one week to one month of first being sprayed with potassium nitrate.
- His study, entitled Induction of Flowering of the Mango by Chemical Spray, was called the best paper by the Crop Science Society of the Philippines (CSSP) in 1974.
- That same year, Barba was known as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men in Agriculture.
- His findings, which let farmers induce flowering in mango trees regardless of season, transformed the face of the mango industry in the Philippines.
- “Ramon Barba has advanced the research for many tropical crops including bananas, cassava, sugarcane on plant physiology and plant breeding.”
- In a 2011 interview Ramon Barba reports that he did not initially file a patent for his technique, wanting farmers to be able to use the method freely. Eventually, though, somebody else tried to patent the process, therefore Barba preemptively registered a patent application, choosing simply not to charge royalties for the use of his method.
- The additional research breakthroughs by Barba are banana micropropagation and tissue culture of sugarcane and tissue culture of calamansi. Each of them brought lasting impacts on the respective agribusiness for these commodities.
- In 1962, he finished his study with distinction with a Master of Science in Horticulture from the University of Georgia.
- Barba later took up a Ph.D. in Plant Physiology, specializing in Tropical Fruits and Tissue Culture from the East-West Center of the University of Hawaii at Manoa and graduated there in 1967.
- In 1969, Barba was appointed as an assistant professor at the UPCA, later resigning in 1975. In 1981, he was re-appointed as a professor.
- From 1975 to the late 1980’s he was additionally a program leader of The Plant Cell and Tissue Culture Laboratory of the Institute of Plant Breeding.
- He also owned several private consultancy positions during his career.
INDUCTION OF THE FLOWERING OF THE MANGO BY CHEMICAL SPRAY
- Barba encountered many rejections when he proposed inducing flowering in mango.
- But with the help of his friends Mr. and Mrs. Jose Quimson of Quimara Farms in San Antonio, Barba administered his experiments.
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