Ma. Lorelie U. Agbagala

Field of Study / Research: Advanced Research: Development of Quarantine Protocol for Detection and Prevention of Introduction and Spread of Lethal Yellowing Disease of Coconut in the Philippines

Program: Fulbright - Philippine Agriculture Scholarship Program (FPASP) for Advanced Research (Philippine Program)


Philippine Affiliation: Bureau of Plant Industry, Los Baños, Laguna

U.S. Affiliation: University of Florida, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Educational Background
Master of Science Agriculture (1994-1997)
Major in Plant Pathology
Field of Specialization: Bacteriology
University of the Philippines at Los Baños
College, Laguna, Philippines

Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (1979-1984)
Major in Plant Pathology
Field of specialization: Mycology
University of the Philippines at Los Baños
College, Laguna, Philippines
  • Philipine Phytopathological Society (1999 - Present)
  • Mycological Society of the Philippines 1999 – Present)
Professional Experience
  • Supervises the day to day activities/operation of the Post-Entry Quarantine Station, which includes three (3) laboratories: Molecular Laboratory for Plant Pathogens and GM Detection, Seed and Plant Health Laboratory and Entomology Laboratory
  • Provides technical input to standards development through membership/participation in advisory committees and technical working groups (TWG)
  • Member of the Department of Agriculture Biosafety Committee tasked to evaluate all applications, renewals for field testing, propagation, for direct use as food, feed or for processing and deregulation
  • Vice-Chair, Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) Team who conducts risk assessment of commodities from countries with market access requests for export
  • Supervises preparation of pest data base for plant quarantine pests
  • Quinlan MM, Smith J, Layton R, Keese P, Agbagala MLU, Palacpac MB and Ball L (2016) Experiences in Engaging the Public on Biotechnology Advances and Regulation. Front. Bioeng. Biotechnol. 4:3. doi: 10.3389/fbioe.2016.00003
  • “Making Decisions in the Face of External Influences to Public Input”. Paper presented at the13th International Symposium on the Biosafety of Genetically Modified Organisms (ISBGMO13). Westin Cape Town, South Africa. November 9-13, 2014
  • “Philippine GM Crops in the Pipeline and its Target Markets”. Paper presented at the 6th International Conference on Coexistence Between Genetically Modified and Non-GM Based Agricultural Supply Chain. Lisbon, Portugal. November 13-15, 2013.
  • Survey and Investigation of Natural Bioagents of Key Pests on Some Selected Crops in the Region. 1991. Ang Susi. Official Publication of the Dept. of Agriculture, Region 4, Volume 11. Number 3. pp. 20-22