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Indian “dirt" scientist wins international service award

Soil expert and agronomist Dr. Ladha from the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) has received the 2011 International Service in Agronomy Award from the American Society of Agronomy (ASA) for his work in research, training, and extension – especially in South Asia.

These annual awards are presented for outstanding contributions to agronomy through education, national and international service, and research.
Having more than 25 years of experience in various fields such as improving soil fertility, Dr. Ladha is internationally recognized on a topic that continues to remain of significance: science and technology for food security and sustainable management of the world's major cereal systems, including rice. Dr. Ladha has also received several other awards and is a fellow in a number of different academic societies, most importantly the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
The award also recognizes Dr. Ladha’s efforts to help younger scientists and farmers, but he adds, “I think the award is good recognition, but this credit also goes to the young people I work with.”