American Society of Agronomy honours ICRISAT scientist

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Hyderabad, Nov 13 (UNI) A senior scientist of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Dr Hari D Upadhyaya, was recently honoured as a Fellow of the prestigious American Society of Agronomy at its Annual Meeting held at Houston in the United States.

Dr Upadhyaya, Principal Scientist (Genetic Resources) at ICRISAT, was honoured for his outstanding research contributions that reflect high quality research.

The American Society of Agronomy (ASG) honours a selected few each year with this highest recognition.

According to a press release here, ICRISAT Director General William Dar said the honour for Dr Upadhyaya again strengthens the recognition of the world-class competence of ICRISAT's scientific team, and the Institute's contribution to cutting edge scientific innovations.

Using the mini-core approach, Dr Upadhyaya has identified trait specific, genetically diverse and agronomically superior parental lines for plant breeders to develop high-yielding broad-based cultivars.

Dr Upadhyaya has been a practical plant breeder and has developed a large number of early-maturing, disease- and aflatoxin-resistant groundnut breeding lines, the release added.


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