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2017, Dr. Adam Frew of the Postdoctoral Research Fellow School of Agricultural and Wine Science at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, Australia was recently appointed a fellowship at Charles Sturt University in Australia with the main goal of elucidating the mechanisms underpinning silicon enhanced plant growth and resistance to biotic and abiotic stresses. Learn more about Dr. Adams and his work at: adamfrew.net
Vladimir and wife Elena.
Brenda Tubana with her two students, Brandon White, & Tapasya Babu
Lawrence Datnoff was given the 2012 American Phytopathological Society (APS) award which recognizes it's members once a year with an award given for "outstanding contributions to plant pathology for a country beyond their home country".
Contributions may have been made through collaborative projects, sabbaticals, short- and long-term assignments with educational or governmental agencies. To learn more about Lawrence's award and many contributions. click here.
This past year at the 6th International Silicon in Agriculture Conference Professor Alexander Lux from Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia was given an award "In Recognition of Contribution to the Science of Silicon in Agriculture".
Held in Stockholm, Sweden, topics spanned from the Chemistry of Si fertilizers via Si influence on soil and plants to the influence of Si on crop nutrition for human and animals. To learn more about this and the upcoming conference in India in 2017. click here
LSU Graduate Student Dr. Flavia Agostinho took 1st place in the SSSA Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition Ph.D. Poster Competition held during the ASA-CSSA-SSSA International Annual Meeting n Tampa, FL, October 22-25, 2017. She presented the highlights of her dissertation research entitled “ Arsenic adsorption in soil with increasing levels of monosilicic acid in solution: a laboratory incubation study”.
It is quite notable too that the previous year, she won 1st place in the same division for the Ph.D. Oral Competition, ASA-CSSA-SSSA Annual Meeting held in Phoenix, AZ, 2016. The title of her oral presentation was “Arsenic dynamics and fractions in silicon-treated soil and its accumulation in rice”. Click to listen.
Lawrence Datnoff receives award.
Dr. N. B. Prakash Professor Department of Soil Science & Agriculture Chemistry University of Agricultural Sciences GKVK, Bangalore was awarded the "Dr. Kalayya Krishnamurthy National Award" for Best Agriculture Practices.
This prestegous award was presented on the "53 Foundation Day" April 10th, 2018 by the Award Committee at the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangaluru.
Jian Feng MA
"The People's Republic of China Friendship Award" is the highest award for "foreign experts who have made outstanding contributions to the country's economic and social progress". Vladimir Matichenkov and his wife Elena were presented this award along with 50 other nominees. To learn more about the work Vladimir is doing in China in an article written in the China Daily article "Earthen Ties". click here.
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Congratulations to Tapasya Babu for winning 1st place at the 2014 Tri-Societies Convention in Minneapolis, MN in the PhD. Oral Competition Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition Division. She was awarded for her presentation - Release Pattern of Monosilicic Acid From Different Sources of Silicon in Louisiana Soils. Read, listen or watch Tapasya's presentation. click here
Dr. Babu is a LSU graduate student that finished her Dissertation Research this fall on Calibration and Categorization of Plant-Available Silicon in Louisiana. Tapasya earned recognition during the course of her studies including an award in 2012 for the Society of Wetland Scientists at LSU – First Place Oral Presentation – Status of Silicon and Cadmium in Paddy Soils of South India.
Brandon White was awarded 2nd place in the M.S. Oral Competition at the 2014 Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition for his thesis research is on Evaluating the Effects of Silicon and Nitrogen Fertilization on Wheat Production. His presentation is entitled – Effect of Varying Rates of Silicon and Nitrogen Fertilizer on Grain Yield, Yield Components, and Nutrient Uptake of Wheat. Read, listen or watch Brandon's presentation. click here
Jian Feng MA was chosen the 2015 American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) Top Author for his work on plant mineral stress tolerance and mineral transport systems in plants. Dr. Ma is the recipient of a number of awards, including the JSPS Prize (2005), the Japan Academy Medal (2006), the Award of the Japanese Society of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition (2007), and the Kihara Award (2012).