Dr. Christian De Guzman, graduate research assistant with the Louisiana State University (LSU) Department of Agronomy, has been named the new rice breeder with the Southeast Missouri State University Department of Agriculture and the Missouri Rice Research and Merchandising Council.
De Guzman began his new role Oct. 10 and will be based at Southeast Missouri State University-Malden, 10 miles east of the Missouri Research Farm in Glennonville, Missouri.
“Dr. DeGuzman is an experienced international rice breeder who will provide superior leadership towards rice breeding and rice improvement,” said Dr. Mike Aide, chair of the Department of Agriculture at Southeast. “Dr. DeGuzman will also be collaborating with rice researchers from around the globe to bring their experience to promote Missouri rice production.”
De Guzman will be responsible for conducting rice research that supports the Missouri rice industry, coordinating rice research activities involving other researchers with the Missouri Rice Research & Merchandising Council, and managing the rice laboratory at Southeast’s Malden campus. His work also will include grant writing and research reporting, and supervising staff.
“The farmers and staff at the Missouri Rice Research and Merchandising Council are very excited to have someone of Dr. De Guzman’s background and knowledge of rice breeding, and we welcome him and his family to Southeast Missouri,” said Greg Yielding, Missouri representative for the U.S. Rice Producers Association. “The Missouri Rice Council looks forward to continuing its more than 20-year cooperation with Southeast Missouri State University to develop new rice varieties and improve the agronomics of rice farming in Missouri and throughout the U.S.”
At LSU, De Guzman has been responsible for generating long and medium grain experimental two-line hybrids for the LSU rice hybrid breeding program. He has performed marker genotyping for grain quality traits in rice, developed molecular markers for early heading and wide compatibility and implemented disease screening and selection for sheath blight resistance.
He previously has served as a visiting research associate at the LSU Agcenter at Louisiana State University, the junior plat breeder of sweet corn with East-West Seed Company in the Philippines, research farm supervisor with the Linda Vista Research Farm, East-West Seed Company in the Philippines; research farm foreman with the Hortanova research Farm, East-West Seed Company in the Philippines; and technical assistant-poultry breeding with Tyson-Agro Ventures in the Philippines.
He brings to the position a wealth of expertise in field management and breeding, and molecular genetics. He holds a doctoral degree in agronomy, plant breeding and genetics from Louisiana State University, where his dissertation was on genetic analyses of male sterility and wide compatibility in U.S. hybrid rice breeding lines. He holds a Bachelor of Science in agriculture from the University of the Philippines at Los Banos, Laguna, Philippines.
He is a member of the Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society in Agriculture (LSU Chapter), Crop Science Society of America, Agronomy Society of America and Soil Science Society of America.