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Biology professor Sahi honored

sahiawardDr. Shivendra V. Sahi, professor of biology, was awarded the 2009 “Career Professional Award” from the American Society of Agronomy (ASA) Southern Branch during their annual meeting in Atlanta on Feb. 2. This award is presented by the American Society of Agronomy to recognize members of the Society who are active in research, extension and education at the National and Southern Branch levels. Scientists with at least 10 years of outstanding professional service in agronomy, crop science, soil science, environmental science, or a closely related discipline are recognized. The Southern Branch of ASA includes researchers and scientists from Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Kentucky, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.

Dr. Sahi’s lab at WKU is working on several research problems involving undergraduate and graduate students. The USDA-funded project in his lab involves ability of crops to assimilate phosphorus. Excess phosphorus in the soil is known to cause major environmental problems. His lab has successfully screened a variety of crops with enhanced abilities to sequester phosphorus into their tissues in order to remove excess amounts from the soil. They are also working on characterization of genes involved in phosphorus assimilation in plants. Additionally, one of his graduate students is working on the synthesis of nanoparticles by plants. This is known as “green technology,” which produces nanoparticles of different shapes and sizes. For this research, Sullivan University-College of Pharmacy presented them “Outstanding Research Paper Award” during the Nanotechnology Symposium in October 2008. His lab has recently published manuscripts which deal with genes expressed in plants in response to toxic metals. He is also funded to study plant-made products and their potential application for medicinal purposes.

For more information, contact Dr. Sahi at (270) 745-6012.

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