Crop scientist bags science award in USA

C L Laxmipathi Gowda, Director of the Grain Legumes Research Program at the International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), received the 2012 International Service in Crop Science Award during the Annual Meeting of Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) on October 23 at Cincinnati, Ohio, the USA.

The prestigious award is in recognition of Gowda’s contribution to agriculture in the dryland areas of Asia and sub-Saharan Africa in his nearly 37 years of scientific research work at ICRISAT.

Gowda is known for his significant contribution in developing improved chickpea cultivars with high yield and resistance to diseases and pests. Shared as international public goods (IPGs) with scientists and national programs globally, 68 high-yielding chickpea cultivars from these improved breeding lines have been selected, tested and released in 30 countries.

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