Profiles in Science: Peter Palma and the Case of Serendipity
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Being a scientist was never part of his career plan, but this young researcher is already making waves in aquaculture research with his award-winning study on the giant grouper, a “threatened” fish locally known as lapu-lapu. Peter Palma and his team recently bagged the prestigious Dr. Elvira O. Tan Awards – Outstanding Published Paper in the Aquatic Science Category for their paper that studied the sexual development of the hermaphrodite fish and debunked presumed norms on the origin of the male giant grouper. Their paper titled “Reproductive development of the threatened giant grouper Epinephelus lanceolatus,” published in the Aquaculture Journal last July 2019, presented evidence that male giant grouper do not need to pass through a female stage at an earlier stage in their lives, contrary to the belief that males only arise from mature females.
Pagador, J. R. (2020, December 30). Profiles in Science: Peter Palma and the Case of Serendipity. Panay News, p. 13.
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Scientific personnel; Research; Aquaculture; Grouper culture; Sexual reproduction; Hermaphroditism; Sexual maturity; Fish culture; Breeding; Epinephelus lanceolatus; Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center/Aquaculture Department (SEAFDEC/AQD); University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV); Department of Science and Technology (DOST); Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR); Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD); Palma, Peter; de la Peña, Leobert; Lacierda, Erlinda; Baliao, Dan; Tigbauan; Sipalay
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