LOS BAÑOS, Laguna, Philippines – The flower induction technology developed by a noted Filipino plant scientist continues to revolutionize the Philippine and the world’s – mango industry.
The technology was crafted by Dr. Ramon C. Barba who, although now retired as professor and scientist of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), has continued to devote his life to scientific activities to this day.
Through the research breakthrough, which is considered worldwide as the most important discovery in mango, a mango tree can be induced to flower and bear fruits any time of the year by spraying it with one percent potassium nitrate.
Since the technology was developed by Dr. Barba in 1974, it has been widely adopted in the Philippines, as well as in Asia and Latin America.
It has earned for him numerous awards, the latest being the 2011 Dioscero L. Umali A…