Thomasian systematists and biologists won awards in the May 29-31, 2019 37th Symposium and Annual Meeting of the Association of Systematic Biologists of the Philippines, held in Western Philippines University, Puerto Princesa, Palawan.
UST biologists won in both the undergraduate and graduate categories of the Young Systematist Forum:
Kate Del Rosario, Natasha Pia Geroy, Marc David Quino, Sheila Mae Singh, Katrina Luisa Torio (presentor), advised by Assoc. Prof. Cecilia B. Moran, Dr. rer. nat. Genetic Diversity of Ixora palawanensis using ITS, trnL-F and rps16 markers with a preliminary screening on its phytochemical properties.
Alyssa Lola, advised by Prof. Grecebio Jonathan D. Alejandro, Dr. rer. nat.
Molecular identifcation and phylogeny of selected Philippine Timonius Dc. species (Rubiaceae) including hyperaccumulation analysis
UST research posters likewise reaped the top three Best Poster awards. The winning studies and their respective researchers are as follows:
1st place – Danilo Tandang, Jorge Ordas, Edwin Tadiosa, Assoc. Prof. Cecilia B. Moran, Dr. rer. nat. and Prof. Grecebio Jonathan D. Alejandro, Dr. rer. nat.
Mycetia suedixieana (Rubiaceae), a new species of Argostemmateae endemic to the Philippines and its phylogenetic position
2nd place – Corwin Guile Reyes, Anthony John Mangussad, Bryan Rey Sosa, Mac Romeo Sualibios, Jorge Ordas, Assoc. Prof. Cecilia B. Moran, Dr. rer. nat. and Prof. Grecebio Jonathan D. Alejandro, Dr. rer. nat.
Phylogeny of Neonauclea clade revisited: New circumscriptions and the positions of Philippine species
3rd place – Abegail Arias, Ma. Angela Benasa, Patricia Gabrielle Campos, Eduard Miguel Echon, Maria Lucila Fonbuena, Carl Bryan Domingo, Rudolph Valentino Docot, advised by Assoc. Prof. Cecilia B. Moran, Dr. rer. nat.
Asserting generic placement of Philippine species of Amomum Roxb. S.L. using molecular methods.