The Indian Society of Citriculture has bestowed an honorary fellowship to Texas A&M AgriLife Research Professor Bhimu Patil. Patil is in the Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Department of Horticultural Sciences. He is also director of the Vegetable and Fruit Improvement Center at Texas A&M University, College Station.
The society recognized Patil for his “outstanding contribution in the advancement of citriculture.”
“Dr. Patil is world-renowned for his work with citrus, especially the isolation and characterization of naturally occurring compounds in fruits and vegetables and their role in human health,” said Amit Dhingra, head of the Texas A&M Department of Horticultural Sciences. “He has dedicated his career to the advancement of foods for health, and I can think of no one more deserving of this honor.”
Dilip Ghosh, president of the Indian Society of Citriculture and director of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research’s Central Citrus Research Institute, called Patil a true luminary in the world of citrus health benefits research. “Dr. Patil’s exceptional accomplishments in unraveling the pre- and post-harvest effects of citrus on human health have … enriched our understanding of this vital food source (and) paved the way for healthier lives and reduced risks from chronic diseases,” Ghosh said.
Patil’s work on limonoids, flavonoids and furocoumarins has led to innovative green technologies, including facilitating the discovery of significant novel compounds with the potential to transform microbiota research.
Patil has also received the Outstanding Research Award from the American Society for Horticultural Science and has been given the designation of fellow by the American Chemical Society.
Patil called the recognition by the Indian Society of Citriculture “a testament to my dedication to the field of horticulture, but also a reaffirmation of the collective efforts of countless individuals and researchers who have contributed to our understanding of citrus fruits and their role in reducing the risk from chronic diseases.”
Patil’s honorary fellowship was conferred during the Asian Citrus Congress 2023 in Nagpur, India. The event was attended by more than 300 delegates from 16 countries.
A special session CITRI Summit was organized at the congress. During CITRI, Patil served as a distinguished panelist, providing insight on the processing, bioprospecting and export of citrus fruits. He was also a plenary speaker at the summit.
Source: Texas A&M AgriLife
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