Jagdish K. Ladha, principal scientist and country representative for India and Nepal, has been given the 2014 Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) Fellowship Award, the highest recognition bestowed by the Society.
Recognized internationally for his expertise in soil science and agronomy, Dr. Ladha provides leadership in developing and fulfilling IRRI’s research agenda on crop and resource management in South Asia. Through his work at IRRI, which spans more than 30 years, Dr. Ladha has developed, refined, and adopted on a large scale several resource-conserving technologies to help farmers. These include laser-leveling, minimum tillage, direct-seeded rice, and need-based management of nitrogen. Moreover, his leadership has been instrumental in bringing together innovators, investors, and implementers to develop and promote the rice-wheat system and region-specific technologies.
American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Society of Agronomy, Soil Science Society of America, and the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences in India.
Each year, CSSA awards members based on their professional achievements and commendable service. Founded in 1955, the international scientific society has more than 6,000 members worldwide with expertise on crop science.