Recognizing The Plant Cell author Frederickson D. Entila

Frederickson D. Entila first author of Gene expression evolution in pattern-triggered immunity within Arabidopsis thaliana and across Brassicaceae species

Current Position: PhD student, Max-Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research

Education: BSc Biology, Major in Microbiology, University of the Philippines Los Baños

Non-scientific interest: Gym, Badminton, Volleyball, Chess, Arts and Music, Brooding, Nature Immersion

Brief Bio: Fred originates from the islands of the Philippines. He had been involved in the physiological dissection and genetic elucidation of rice tolerance to varying flooding regimes in the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI). He is very interested in bridging fundamental science with realized products of social relevance and impact. He believes that the natural microbiome can enhance fitness and performance of crops even under challenging conditions such as pathogen attack, abiotic stresses, and scarce resources. These findings will help solve the problems of food security and sustainability with lesser ecological footprint.