Christian Joseph Cumagun

University of the Philippines Los BañosPhilippines

Christian Joseph R. Cumagun is a professor of plant pathology at the Crop Protection Cluster, College of Agriculture, University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB). He obtained his BSc in Agriculture and MSc in Plant Pathology from UPLB, and his Doctorate in Agricultural Sciences (magna cum laude) from the University of Hohenheim, Germany. Dr. Cumagun received a pre-doctoral fellowship at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark and postdoctoral fellowship at Kobe University, Japan. He has published more than 30 articles in national and international peer-reviewed journals. Among his awards are: The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) in Agricultural Sciences, from the Junior Chamber International, Philippines, and the Outstanding Young Scientist (OYS), from the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), Philippines. He is currently appointed a Young Affiliate of The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS), based in Trieste, Italy.

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Plant pathology is an applied science that deals with the nature, causes and control of plant diseases in agriculture and forestry. The vital role of plant pathology in attaining food security and food safety for the world cannot be overemphasized.

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