M. Mahadevappa Indian geneticist

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M. Mahadevappa
Born(1937-08-04)4 August 1937
Died6 March 2021(2021-03-06) (aged 83)
NationalityIndia
Alma materSarada Vilas College
University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore
Tamil Nadu Agricultural University
Known forHigh-yielding Hybrid varieties of Rice in India
AwardsPadma Bhushan (2013)
Padma Shri (2005)
Rajyotsava Prashasti (1984)
Bharat Ratna Sir. M. Vishweshwarayya Memorial Award (1999)
Scientific career
FieldsAgricultural science, Forestry, Plant Breeding
InstitutionsJSS Rural Development Foundation
University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad
Indian Council of Agricultural Research
University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore
International Rice Research Institute, Philippines
Central Food Technological Research Institute
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Madappa Mahadevappa (4 August 1937 – 6 March 2021), popularly known as Rice Mahadevappa was an Indian agricultural scientist and plant breeder, renowned for developing high yielding hybrid varieties of rice.[1] He served as the Vice-chancellor of University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad for two terms and as the chairman of Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board under Indian Council of Agricultural Research of which he was a member of governing council.[2][3] He was the recipient of Padma Bhushan, India's third highest civilian honour and various other accolades.[4]

Contributions

Mahadevappa, an elected fellow of the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences,[5] contributed extensively to the Indian agrarian community through various innovative applications and research initiatives including development of over nine varieties of high yielding hybrid rice varieties.[6][7] While being a pioneer in hybrid rice farming in the country, he was also credited for his Integrated Parthenium Weed Management, a scientific and efficient weed management technique against the invasive Parthenium.[8]

Mahadevappa was a recipient of the Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri.[9]

Death

Mahadevappa died on 6 March 2021, due to age related ailments, in Mysore.[10]

References

  1. ^ "Profile of Dr. M. Mahadevappa". National Academy of Biological Sciences.
  2. ^ "Scientist wants another green revolution". The Hindu. 18 January 2006. Retrieved 15 December 2019.
  3. ^ "'Hybrid paddy production will save water'". New Indian Express.
  4. ^ Dr Mahadevappa Conferred with Padma Bhushan
  5. ^ "NAAS Fellow". National Academy of Agricultural Sciences. 2016. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  6. ^ "Future of paddy". Deccan Herald.
  7. ^ "Prof. M. Mahadevappa". BangaloreIndiaBio.
  8. ^ Aditya Kaul (6 January 2002). "He fought for survival against the killer weed". Pioneer.
  9. ^ "M. Mahadevappa, former Vice-Chancellor of UAS-Dharwad, no more". The Hindu. Special Correspondent. 7 March 2021. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 7 March 2021.CS1 maint: others (link)
  10. ^ "ಕೃಷಿ ವಿಜ್ಞಾನಿ ಮಹಾದೇವಪ್ಪ ನಿಧನ" [Agri scientist Mahadevappa passes away]. Kannada Prabha (in Kannada). 6 March 2021.
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