Indian-origin Raju Bheemanahalli Rangappa, an assistant research professor of crop stress physiology at Mississippi State University (MSU) was awarded the American Society of Agronomy (ASA) Early Career Award for his outstanding contribution to the field of agronomy.
Karnataka-born Rangappa was nominated for the award by fellow MSU agronomist and W.L. Giles Distinguished professor Raja Reddy. “Raju joined the plant and soil sciences department in 2020 and built a cutting-edge research program, based on the ever-changing needs of the agricultural community, in a very short time,” Reddy said in his nomination.
Rangappa has been an ASA member since 2016 and currently serves as associate editor of the two flagship journals published jointly by ASA, Crop Science Society of America and Soil Science Society of America: Agronomy Journal and Agrosystems, Geosciences & Environment, MSU shared in a news release.
Reacting to the news, Rangappa said, “Receiving the 2023 Early Career Award from the ASA Southern Branch is a source of immense pride. This recognition serves as an inspiration to consistently strive for excellence in all that I do.”
Raised on his family’s farm in Bheemanahalli, Karnataka, India, Rangappa is a high-impact researcher with numerous peer-reviewed scientific articles in Agronomy. In 2019, he earned the Outstanding Young Scientist Award from the Indian Society for Plant Physiology.
The Early Career Award recognizes individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the field of agronomy with a certificate and prize money of US$2,000.