Stanley Omar PB Samonte

Associate Professor

Mailing Address:
1509 Aggie Drive
Beaumont, TX 77713
Phone & Fax: (409) 752-2741
Office Location: Beaumont Center
Education: Ph.D. in Plant Breeding, Texas A&M University, 1999
M.S. in Plant Breeding, Minor in Plant Pathology, University of the Philippines at Los Baños, 1990
B.S. Agriculture, Major in Agronomy, University of the Philippines at Los Baños, cum laude 1985

Employment History:

2017 to Present: Associate Professor in Hybrid Rice Breeding, Texas A&M AgriLife Research at Beaumont, TX
2012-2017: Rice Breeder, California Cooperative Rice Research Foundation, Inc., Rice Experiment Station, Biggs, CA
2007-2012: Associate Research Scientist, Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center, Beaumont, TX
2003-2007: Postdoctoral Plant Breeder, Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center, Beaumont, TX
1991-2003: Assistant Professor, University of the Philippines at Los Baños (UPLB)
1997-1998: Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Entomology, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
1985-1991: Instructor, UPLB, Philippines


Breeding for hybrid and parental rice lines and cultivars. Priority traits aimed for include high grain yield (and component traits), grain quality (low chalkiness and high head rice percentage), and resistance to biotic (pathogen and insect pests) and abiotic stress (cold tolerance at germination). Studies and tools for use to attain goals will include (but not limited to) combining ability and heterotic groups, genome wide association, and marker- and model-assisted selection. Publications and presentations will be developed, funding and grants will be sought, and collaborations with scientists will be established.

Honors & Awards:

Outstanding Teacher in the Field of Biological Sciences. University of the Philippines at Los Baños, College of Agriculture, College, Laguna, Philippines, March 5, 2003.
The 2001 International Publication Award, University of the Philippines. March 13, 2002. Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines.
Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship, for Ph.D. studies in Plant Breeding at Texas A&M University. August 21, 1992 to August 20, 1997. College Station, TX. USA.
Graduated cum laude, University of the Philippines. April 15, 1985. Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines.
College of Agriculture Special Undergraduate Scholarship, University of the Philippines. 1982 to 1985. Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines.

Professional Affiliates:
Member, Crop Science Society of America
Member, National Research Council of the Philippines

Key Publications:
Samonte, S.O.PB., V.C. Andaya, K.S. McKenzie, and F. Jodari. 2017. Rice cultivar calmochi-203, US Patent 9629324 B1. Date issued: April 25, 2017.
Jodari, F., V.C. Andaya, K.S. McKenzie, and S.O.P.B. Samonte, 2016. Rice cultivar A-202. US Patent 9338992 B2. Date issued: May 17, 2016.
Andaya, V.C., K.S. McKenzie, S.O.P.B. Samonte, and F. Jodari. 2015. Rice cultivar M-209. US Patent 9693520 B1. Date issued: July 4, 2017.
Tabien, R.E.; Samonte, S.O.PB.; Wilson, L.T.; Harper, C.L. Harper; J.C. Medley; and P. Frank. 2015. Development and Registration of ‘Colorado’, a High-Yielding Rice Cultivar. J. of Plant Registrations 9(1): 60-66.
Samonte, S.O.PB., R.E. Tabien, LT. Wilson. 2013. Parental Selection in Rice Cultivar Improvement. Rice Science 20(1): 45-51.
Tabien, R.E., S.O.P.B. Samonte, and E.R. Tiongco. 2009. Relationship of milled grain percentages and ?owering-related traits in rice. Journal of Cereal Science 49(1): 122–127.
Tabien, R.E., S.O.PB. Samonte, and A.M. McClung. 2008. Forty-eight years of rice improvement in Texas since the release of cultivar Bluebonnet in 1944. Crop Science 48(6): 2097–2106.
Samonte, S.O.PB., L.T. Wilson, R.E. Tabien, and A.M. McClung. 2008. Use of gross income as a measure of productivity in rice breeding. Canadian Journal of Plant Science 8(5): 1015-1022.
Tabien, R.E., S.O.PB. Samonte, and C.L. Harper, and P.M. Frank. 2008. Variations in farmer’s seed and genebank accessions of Milagro Filipino rice (Oryza sativa L.) released in Mexico in 1967. SABRAO (Society for the Advancement of Breeding Research in Asia and Oceania) Journal of Breeding and Genetics 40(1): 37-47.
Samonte, S.O.PB., L.T. Wilson, and R.E. Tabien. 2006. Maximum node production rate and main culm node number contributions to yield and yield-related traits in rice. Field Crops Research 96(2-3): 313-319.
Samonte, S.O.PB., L.T. Wilson, J.C. Medley, S.R.M. Pinson, A.M. McClung, and J.S. Lales. 2006. Nitrogen utilization efficiency: Relationships with grain yield, grain protein and yield-related traits in rice. Agronomy Journal 98(1): 168–176.
Samonte, S.O.PB., L.T. Wilson, A.M. McClung, and J.C. Medley. 2005. Targeting cultivars onto rice growing environments using AMMI and SREG GGE biplot analyses. Crop Science 45(6): 2414-2424.
Samonte, S.O.PB., S.A.L. Tagle, J.S. Lales, G.M. Villegas, and E.A. Ramos. 2005. Path analysis of traits affecting grain yield and its components in corn. Philippine Agricultural Scientist 88(4): 400-407.
Samonte, S.O.PB., L.T. Wilson, A.M. McClung, and L. Tarpley. 2001. Seasonal dynamics of nonstructural carbohydrate partitioning in fifteen diverse rice (Oryza sativa L.) genotypes. Crop Science 41(3): 902-909.
Samonte, S.O.PB., L.T. Wilson, and A.M. McClung. 1998. Path analyses of yield and yield-related traits of fifteen diverse rice genotypes. Crop Science 38(5): 1130-1136.
Samonte, S.O.PB., and J.E. Hernandez. 1991. Genotype x environment interactions of irrigated lowland rice: II. Stability and adaptability analysis. Philippine Journal of Crop Science 16(1): 7-14.