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Prof Dhankher Awarded Highest Honor by Crop Science Society of America

Stockbridge is proud to be the academic home of 2023 UMass Amherst Spotlight Scholar Om Parkash Dhankher.

Plant and agriculture biotechnologist Om Parkash Dhankher was recently named an ASA Fellow by both Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), and the American Society of Agronomy (ASA).  Awarded to fewer than 0.3% of the members, CSSA and ASA Fellowship is the highest honor bestowed by each organization.

Dr. Dhankher is an internationally recognized leader in the field of phytoremedation of arsenic-contaminated soils, and the development of climate-resilient crops, and environmentally safe nanomaterials, for sustainable agriculture.

Om and his students are currently at work on several projects, including genetic refinement of plants to maximize their ability to remove pollution from soil, the development of rice cultivars best suited to resist the uptake of arsenic from soil, and the engineering of oil seed crops into bio-fuels.

Dr. Dhankher's work represents some of the cutting-edge research happening at Stockbridge School of Agriculture every day.

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