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Dr. Asim Biswas
Dr. Asim Biswas
April 02, 2024

Dr. Asim Biswas, a professor in the School of Environmental Sciences within the Ontario Agricultural College, has been awarded the 2023 Steacie Prize, one of Canada’s most prestigious awards for researchers 40 years old or younger. 


The award is named in memory of E.W.R. Steacie, a physical chemist and former president of the National Research Council of Canada.


 “This is a tremendous honour for Dr. Biswas and the entire University,” said Dr. Rene Van Acker, interim vice-president (research). “This prestigious award speaks to the excellence and impact of Asim’s research, which is helping foster the resiliency of agri-food productions systems in Canada and around the world.”


He was selected from among 32 outstanding nominations in all areas of science and engineering. The award certificate will be presented on April 4.


A soil science expert, Biswas aims to increase agricultural production while improving environmental sustainability. 


“It could take up to 1,000 years for an inch of soil to form. It is not a renewable resource,” said Biswas. “Data-driven soil management practices can help us better manage the soil we have now and manage it for tomorrow.”


Biswas and his research group develop data management tools, soil sensors and soil maps to improve decision-making about soil health and sustainability. Their work enables producers to minimize inputs such as water and fertilizer, enhance crop yields and increase overall farm efficiency, while also protecting the environment.


“I am so grateful to receive the Steacie Prize and to join the many distinguished researchers who have won it before me,” said Biswas, “but I am most excited to have the award panel recognize the importance of soil science at a time when continued mismanagement of our soil threatens global sustainability.”


Source:  University of Guelph April 2, 2024  news release  



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Submitted by Karen Davidson on 2 April 2024