M. Sheshu Madhav Maganti, Senior Scientist at Directorate of Rice Research (DRR- ICAR) has bagged prestigious Lal Bahadur Shastri outstanding Young Sientist Award for his contributions to the Rice Biotechnology.
The award was given to Dr. Madhav by the Agricultural Minister Sharad Pawar on the occasion of ICAR Foundation Day recently in New Delhi. Dr. Madhav in his career identified, cloned and characterised two most important rice blast resistance genes, which are being used in many breeding programmes to develop resistant cultivars throughout India. The genes help reduce the yield loss by 50 to 60 per cent. He received funding from various agencies like ICAR, DBT and CSIR for his research.
Dr. Madhav, who hails from an agricultural family in Warangal district, was earlier selected for Jawahar Lal Nehru Award from ICAR for his work on rice blast and also received the best international scholar at Ohio State University, USA for identification of rice genes involved in overall biotic resistance.
He published 35 research papers in journals of international reputation and he has been identified as supervisor for many postgraduate and Ph.D scholars from various universities.
R. Ravikanth Reddy
Two most important rice blast resistance genes have been identified, cloned and characterised by M. Sheshu Madhav Maganti of DRR- ICAR