CSIR-NEIST Scientist Elected Fellow of National Academy of Sciences

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HT Correspondent

JORHAT, Dec 3: Dr Mantu Bhuyan, principal scientist, Agro-Technology and Rural Development Division of CSIR-NEIST, Jorhat, has added another feather to his cap. He has been selected as a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI), which is the oldest science academy of India established in 1930 at Prayagraj (Allahabad) in Uttar Pradesh.

Dr Bhuyan is a recipient of the CSIR Technology Award in 2013. In November 2018, he was elected as the Fellow of Royal Entomological Society of London for his significant contribution in Entomology. The Royal Entomological Society was established during 1833 in London and is known as one of the oldest and prestigious societies in the field of Entomology.

Dr Bhuyan, an alumni of Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat and Rutgers University, USA, is an entomologist by his research specialisation. He is now in the league of most prestigious and highly coveted scientific society affiliation of the nation, and is entitled with the honorific called FNASc (Fellow National Academy of Sciences), informed a CSIR-NEIST official.

Dr Bhuyan is a scientist who is working in the areas of insect-plant interaction with special emphasis on assessment of insect-pests of economic crops, bioprospecting of medicinal and aromatic plants (MAP) for insect-pest management, insect biodiversity with reference to butterflies and herbal medicines, the official said.

Over the years, he has made significant contributions in insect-pest management of some important crops like rice, tea, which have been published in reputed international journals, the official mentioned.

Dr Bhuyan has been granted both national and international parents for different herbal products developed in his laboratory. So far the research team led by him has commercialised 9 herbal products and transferred it to 22 parties

Recently, Dr Bhuyan was felicitated by CSIR-NEIST director G Narahari Sastry amidst a gathering of staff of the institute. Dr Sastry described this recognition as “yet another feather on the cap of CSIR-NEIST ” as recently another senior scientist of the institute Dr Binoy Kumar Saikia has received the prestigious Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award.

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