Dr. Rodel G. Maghirang is an organic plant breeder at the Institute of Plant Breeding, College of Agriculture and Food Science, University of the Philippines Los Baňos. He developed a good number of varieties of pole sitao, bush sitao, cowpea, snap beans, garden pea, winged bean, pigeon pea, hyacinth bean, eggplant, tomato, cucumber, squash, indigenous vegetables with several still in the pipeline. He is the author of numerous scientific papers, information bulletins, and technical notes on Vegetable Production and Organic Agriculture.
He led projects and programs on organic breeding, participatory plant breeding, establishment of organic seed system, varietal development and seed system on indigenous fruits and vegetables. He is the technical working group member/chair for various Philippine National Standards (PNS) including Organic Agriculture and Code of Hygienic Practice (COHP) on various fruits and vegetables. Trainor and Consultant in various government and private sector programs on Organic Agriculture.
Director, Institute of Plant Breeding University of the Philippines