RAMON CABANOS BARBA is a Filipino inventor and horticulturist best known for inventing a way to induce more flowers in mango trees using ethrel and potassium nitrate. Barba was proclaimed a National Scientist of the Philippines in June 2014.
"Since the discovery of Ramon Barba’s method to induce flowering for mango plants, ... mangoes have since then been considered the number one fruit crop of the country. Apart from the mango producers themselves, other business sectors such as the producers of the pest control chemicals, harvesters, sellers, and all the other smaller groups of workers related to mango industry had benefitted from his invention."
"In honor of Fil-Am History Month this October, I am starting this project to feature Filipinx inventors and innovators throughout the course of history. By recognizing their contributions to the advancements in the different fields of STEM, my goal is to reinforce this idea that people of color have had significant contributions in a field where they are often underrepresented, and will continue to be a driving force of scientific progress. These Filipinx individuals have had done these important contributions in the past, and YOU could also be one of them in the future!" - Wesley Sosa, Corresponding Secretary/STEM Chair