Bharath Reddy from Bangalore is among the four young Indian agriculture scholars who have been awarded the Monsanto Beachell-Borlaug International Scholars Program (MBBISP) Research Fellowships for 2012 encouraging new plant breeding research for rice and wheat production among young scientists.

Bharath Reddy’s wheat research is focused on enhancing the yield potential of hard red winter wheat at Texas A&M University, USA in collaboration with CIMMYT, Mexico and Turkey.

His earlier research on plant physiology and water use efficiency in sorghum will provide valuable information and experience.

The three other winners are Navdeep Jamval, whose wheat research is focused on improving drought tolerance and rust resistance in wheat at CSK Himachal Pradesh Agricultural University in collaboration with the University of Leicester, UK.

Bharathi Ramadoss, whose rice research is focused on optimal glycemic index in rice at Tamil Nadu Agricultural University in collaboration with the University of Saskatchewan, Canada and Amandeep Kaur whose rice research is focused on stabilising rice bran oil to avoid rancidity of oil at Punjab Agricultural University in collaboration with the University of Maine, USA.

anil.u@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on December 5, 2012)
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