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Molina, Agustin B.

Honorary Research Fellow and BAPNET Coordinator

Agustin 'Gus' B. Molina is a Philippine national who joined Bioversity International in 1998. Gus leads Bioversity International’s banana research efforts in the Asia Pacific region, primarily by bringing together research and development (R&D) collaborations from the academe, government, NGOs and the private industry through the Banana Asia-Pacific Network (BAPNET).

He is internationally recognized for his significant contributions to banana R&D, particularly in the areas of integrated pest and disease management, with emphasis on the dreaded Fusarium wilt and Banana Bunchy Top Disease.

Agustin’s career began in the academia: from 1973 to 1985 he served as a researcher and professor in the University of the Philippines Los Baños College of Agriculture (UPLB). His experience then continued onto the private sector, when he joined Chiquita Brands International Inc., where he started as a research plant pathologist and rose to become the Director of Research. In recognition of his invaluable contributions, Agustin was bestowed the President’s Award, the highest honor that could be given to Chiquita’s management staff.

After 10 years in Central America, he rejoined the academe as an Associate Professor and Chairman of the Department of Plant Pathology of the College of Agriculture, and eventually as Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension of the UPLB.

Agustin then joined Bioversity International and ever since has been actively involved in the global research efforts of Bioversity International addressing important pests and diseases, conservation and use of banana genetic diversity particularly in Asia and the Pacific.




PhD, Plant Pathology, Pennsylvania State University

MSc, Plant Pathology, College of Agriculture, The University of the Philippines Los Baños College of Agriculture

BSc, Agriculture, College of Agriculture, The University of the Philippines Los Baños College of Agriculture

Publication highlights:

Molina AB Jr., RO Soquita, VG Sinohin and ET Fabregar. 2011. ‘Comparison of host reaction to Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense Tropical Race 4 and Agronomic Performance of Somaclonal Variant ‘GCTCV 119’ and ‘Grand Naine’ in commercial farms in the Philippines’. Acta Horticulturae 897: 399–402.

Hermanto, C, A Sutanto, Jumjunidang, HS Edison, J Daniells, W O’Neill, VG Sinohin and AB Molina Jr. 2011. ‘Incidence and distribution of Fusarium wilt in Indonesia’. Acta Horticulturae 897: 312–322.