5) The American Society of Agronomy honors ICRISAT scientist

A senior scientist of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Dr Hari D Upadhyaya, was honored as a Fellow of the prestigious American Society of Agronomy at its Annual Meeting held at Houston, USA, recently. Dr Upadhyaya is Principal Scientist (Genetic Resources) at ICRISAT.

The American Society of Agronomy is a respected professional society that honors a selected few each year with this highest recognition. At the felicitation function, Dr Kenneth J Moore, President of the American Society of Agronomy, presented the certificate to Dr Hari Upadhyaya for his outstanding research contributions that reflects a continuum of high quality basic, strategic and applied research.

According to Dr William Dar, Director General of ICRISAT, the honor 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.

Dr Upadhyaya’s strategy to select “mini core” germplasm is now an international public good and has captured the imagination of scientists around the world as a gateway to exploit diversity in germplasm collections. A mini core collection is a 1% subset of the total number of accessions representing the entire genetic diversity of the total collection.

Using mini core approach, 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. Several of these lines have desirable traits such as resistance to foliar diseases and fresh seed dormancy, some of which have been released as varieties in Asia, sub-Saharan Africa and Oceania.

For further information, contact Dr HD Upadhyaya at h(dot)upadhyaya(at)cgiar(dot)org

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