Dr. Christian Joseph R. Cumagun, professor and UP Scientist II of the Institute of Weed Science, Entomology and Plant Pathology (IWEP), has been awarded an 18-month research fellowship by the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship at the University of Goettingen in Germany.
Dr. Cumagun’s research project, to be conducted from August 27 to January 2019, is entitled “Genetic Structure and Mycotoxin Production of Fusarium and Aspergillus species from Maize and Rice in the Philippines”. Joining him in this project is Dr. Petr Karlovsky, a professor of the Molecular Phytopathology and Mycotoxin Laboratory that focuses not only on mycotoxins and ecological chemistry, but also in terms of investigating selected aspects of plant diseases caused by vascular pathogens and Fusarium species.
The Humboldt Research Fellowships is funded by the Humboldt Foundation which sponsors highly-qualified post-doctoral and experienced researchers of all disciplines around the world. It gives the fellows an opportunity to carry out a long term (6-24 months) research project of their own choice in cooperation with an academic host at a research institution in Germany.
Between 1953 to 2015, Humboldt Foundation has granted 24, 347 research fellowships to academicians from other countries, mostly in the fields of natural science, humanities, social science, life science and engineering. As of 2015, there are 5,296 Humboldt alumni in Asia; since 1954, only 28 fellows so far have been awarded from the Philippines. Of this number, only three (which includes Dr. Cumagun) are from UPLB. (Imelda M. Gesmundo with information from CJR Cumagun)