Menisa Antonio - Researcher Profile


Research Directorate

University Researcher I


Email Address:


Mrs. Menisa A. Antonio is a plant genetic resources specialist, spearheading the sustainable conservation and promotion of important plant species in Ilocos Norte.  As a conservation enthusiast, her research works led to the taxonomic identification of the wild Dioscorea “buga”, characterization and evaluation of the health potential of indigenous food plants (IFP), establishment of a botanical garden of IFPs, germplasm conservation of traditional upland rice varieties, and selection of high-yielding traditional rice varieties, among others.
She currently occupies a University Researcher I position under the Research Directorate. She finished BS in Biology at MMSU and MS in Plant Genetic Resources Conservation and Management at the University of the Philippines Los Banos, Laguna. 

Research Publication

  • Miriam E. Pascua, Maura Luisa S. Gabriel, Araceli J. Badar, Menisa A. Antonio, Marissa I. Atis. 2013. Development of a Multiplication Technique for Virus-Free Garlic Planting Materials. MMSU Science and Technology Journal. Volume 2; Issue Num. 1; January 2013; ISSN2012-0060
  • Miriam E. Pascua, Maura Luisa S. Gabriel, Araceli J. Badar, Menisa A. Antonio and Marisa I. Atis. 2012. Development of Multiplication Technique for Virus-free Garlic Planting Materials. MMSU S&T Journal. Volume No. 2; December 2012; ISSN 2012 0060
  • Menisa A. Antonio; Rodel T. Utrera; Epifania O. Agustin; Dionisio L. Jamias; Araceli J. Badar; Miriam E. Pascua. 2010. Indigenous Food Plants (IFPs) for Increased Productivity Food Sufficiency in Ilocos Norte, Philippines. SEAMEO-SEARCA Policy Brief Series Issue Num. 3; June 2010; ISSN1656-8818
  • Marissa I. Atis, Aleta E. Dumaoal, Araceli J. Badar and Menisa A. Antonio. 2009. Indigenous Accessions of Radish, Rapahanus caudatus, Applied with Organic Fertilizer. Research and Development Annual Report December 2009
  • Menisa A. Antonio; Epifania O. Agustin; Miriam E. Pascua. 2009. Ex-situ Conservation of the Iluko Indigenous Dioscorea "Buga". Agriculture in the Ilocos. Volume 4; December 2009
  • Pascua, ME, MLS Gabriel, AJ Badar, MA Antonio and MI Atis. 2006. Rapid Multiplication Technique for the Production of Virus-Free Garlic Planting Materials. Research and Development Annual Report December 2006