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Raja Reddy, a distinguished researcher and professor at Mississippi State University (MSU), has won the the L.R. Ahuja Ag Systems Modeling Award presented by the Soil Science Society of America. The award recognise his extensive work on modelling the impacts of environmental stressors, such as extreme heat, drought, and insects, on crops and their production spanning over four decades.
The award, established in 2007, is bestowed upon agronomists and soil/crop scientists whose system models have made substantial advancements in agricultural research. Reddy, a Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station scientist who celebrates his 35th year at MSU, will be honoured during the SSSA annual meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, at an awards luncheon on October 30.
“In my judgment, Dr Reddy is the ‘best of the best’ environmental crop physiologist and crop modeller,” said MSU provost and executive vice president David Shaw, also a Giles Distinguished Professor. “His accomplishments spanning many years have helped answer pressing questions in agricultural production and environmental sustainability under a changing climate.”
Ranked in the top two percent of scientists globally in the fields of plant biology and botany, Reddy hails from India and possesses over 45 years of research expertise in environmental plant physiology. His work primarily centres on applying remote sensing and crop modelling to enhance agricultural resource management.
“I grew up on a farm, learning from a young age what it takes to make a living from agriculture, and that experience has stayed with me,” Reddy said. “This award is meaningful to me both professionally and personally because it encompasses a lifetime of pursuing science to benefit both the present and future generations of farmers.”