Kanwar L. Sahrawat

International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), India

Kanwar L. Sahrawat received a Ph.D. degree (1973) in soil science and agricultural chemistry from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi, and was awarded a medal by the IARI in 1974 for Ph.D. thesis research on the development of nitrification inhibitors from indigenous resources, as an outstanding contribution. Dr. Sahrawat started his scientific career as a Research Associate (1973-1975) in the ICRISAT, India, and successively worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow (1975-1978) in the IRRI, the Philippines, Soil Chemist and Senior Soil Chemist (1978-1991) in the ICRISAT, India, and a Principal Soil Chemist (1991-2001) in the Africa Rice Center. During 1983-1984, Dr. Sahrawat was on a sabbatical leave at the Soil Science Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. Since May 2002, Dr. Sahrawat has been working as a Visiting Scientist and Consultant at the ICRISAT, India; his research pertains to the diagnosis and management of nutrient problems in farmers’ fields with emphasis on the deficiencies of secondary and micronutrient for enhancing productivity of rainfed systems. Dr. Sahrawat has published 300 technical papers including over 200 papers in peer-reviewed journals. He has extensively conducted research on the chemistry of nitrogen, phosphorus and iron, and both deficiency and toxicity. He led research on the chemistry of wetland and upland soils for fertility management in Africa and Asia. Dr. Sahrawat served as a Member of the International Council on Plant Nutrition (1978-1993) and Adviser (1998-2004), International Foundation for Science, Stockholm, Sweden. He is a recipient of the fellowship (1999) of the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, India. Dr. Sahrawat received a certificate of appreciation from WARDA in 2001 for outstanding contribution to rice research and development through service as a Principal Soil Scientist. He serves on the Editorial Board of Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis.

Biography Updated on 4 October 2011

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