CLSU 2015 “Gintong Butil”Awardee in Pursuit of Transferring Science and Technology to Global Agriculture and Environment
(by Celia Sigua, BSAEn 1981  1/26/2017)

As a result of major accomplishments in ecological, agricultural and environmental researches, Dr. Gilbert C. Sigua (BSA’78), 2015 CLSU Alumni Association “Gintong Butil” recipient in Science and Technology is recognized as a distinguished world-class scientist. He developed theories and technologies that are prime, transformative contributions to global agriculture. On October 19-23, 2016, Dr. Sigua served as a Session Chair and an invited Keynote Speaker during the Asia Pacific Biochar Conference in Gangwon Province, South Korea. Dr. Sigua traveled to Phnom Pehn, Battambang and Siem Reap, Cambodia from January 6 -16, 2017. This invited travel was sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development’s Sustainable Intensification Laboratory Project through the North Carolina A&T University. Dr. Sigua provided technical expert advice in evaluating scientific approaches that will enhance the effectiveness of conservation agriculture and irrigation management for improving soil quality, soil health and soil enzyme biodiversity in different agroecosystems in Cambodia. He gave two technical presentations entitled “Improving nutrient- and water-use efficiencies for agricultural productivity and sustainability in changing climate: Opportunity and Outlook” and “Understanding soil health: crossroads to agricultural productivity and sustainability”. The Hong Kong Polytechnic University has invited Dr. Sigua as a Keynote Speaker for the 2nd International Conference on Biological Waste as Resource on May 25-28, 2017. This forum aims to provide an excellent opportunity for local and international experts to collaborate and exchange information, promote awareness and waste-resources conversion and alleviation of landfill disposal. Dr. Sigua will also travel to the National University of Singapore, Singapore sometime in July 2017 as an invited speaker in water resources protection and management. His research program – from basic bench to complicated field setting – is a model of United States Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) in problem solving research and world-class science. Dr. Sigua is a Research Soil Scientist of the USDA-ARS Coastal Plains Soil, Water and Plant Research Center, Florence, South Carolina, USA.

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