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K-State Today

October 24, 2013



Agronomy student, faculty member receive awards from Association of Agricultural Scientists of Indian Origin

By Steve Watson

From left to right: Vara Prasad and Sruthi Narayanan

Sruthi Narayanan, graduate student in the department of agronomy, received the 2013 Outstanding Graduate Student Award from the Association of Agricultural Scientists of Indian Origin.

Narayanan completed her master's degree in the department of agronomy at K-State in 2011, and is currently pursuing her doctoral degree with Vara Prasad, professor of crop ecophysiology. Her research is identifying wheat genotypes that are tolerant to high temperature and drought stressas well as understanding mechanisms associated with tolerance.

Prasad received the Outstanding Senior Scientist Award from the Association of Agricultural Scientists of Indian Origin. Prasad, who received his doctorate from Reading University in the U.K., has been a member of the agronomy faculty at K-State since 2005. His area of research is crop ecophysiology.

Association of Agricultural Scientists of Indian Origin was formed during the 1980 American Society of Agronomy/Crop Science Society of America/Soil Science Society of America annual meetings. Today, the association has membership from all continents where agriculture is practiced. Through its dedicated and diligent work, the association has gained recognition by the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America and Soil Science Society of America. Its annual meeting is included in the program of the Tri-Society annual meetings.