Hyderabad: Dr Hari D Upadhyaya of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) has received Global Legacy award, along with six other scientists, for exceptional contribution through his lifetime work on the preservation of crop diversity.
Crop Trust, Executive Director, Marie Haga said “Crop Trust Legacy Award recipients are the global gatekeepers of crop diversity, having spent decades committed to their belief in the absolute importance of seed conservation”.
They understand and have helped thousands of others learned about the deep connection between seeds, our agricultural history and future, Haga added.
This award is unique as it recognizes ICRISAT’s work not only in conservation of germplasm for the global community but also the scientists’ unparalleled efforts in making this diversity usable through outstanding research. “ICRISAT has deposited over 1,11,000 accessions of its mandate crops and five small millets at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault,” Dr Upadhyaya said.
Dr Upadhyaya is currently working as Genebank Head and Principal Scientist at ICRISAT, Hyderabad.