Dr. Milkha Singh Aulakh was chosen as the winner of the first International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) Science Award for his work at the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), India.
Dr. Aulakh, a senior soil chemist and professor, is also director of research at Ludhiana, PAU. His work is focused on balanced and integrated nutrient management to provide optimum yields and quality in field crops while lessening soil losses and environmental impacts of fertilization. He also played a pivotal role in identifying widespread sulfur deficiency in subtropical soils, delineation of sulfur-deficient areas, and development of diagnostic tools for assessing sulfur adequacy in soil and plants, according to IPNI.
"This is the first time we have presented the new IPNI Science Award, and we are honored to announce that Dr. Aulakh has been selected as the recipient," says Dr. Terry Roberts, president of IPNI. "He has made distinguished contributions in global ecological intensification as related to crop production, with important achievements in research, extension, and education."
The recipient of many previous awards, Dr. Aulakh is also editor of a new book, entitled Integrated Nutrient Management for Sustainable Crop Production, which "takes a global view of challenges faced in 10 geographically and demographically diverse regions of the world," according to an IPNI release.
The IPNI Science Award was created to recognize outstanding achievements in research, extension, or education which focus on improving the efficiency and effective management of plant nutrients. More information on the awards is available at www.ipni.net/awards