Jhala Receives Early Career Outstanding Weed Scientist Award

Jhala Receives Early Career Outstanding Weed Scientist Award February 1, 2017

Amit Jhala
Amit Jhala

Amit Jhala, Nebraska Extension weed management specialist and frequent contributor to CropWatch, has been honored with an Early Career Outstanding Weed Scientist Award by the Weed Science Society of America. This award recognizes outstanding contributions in research, extension, and/or teaching in the US. This is the highest honor an early career weed scientist can achieve in a national level competition. Jhala will be honored at the 57th Annual Conference of the Weed Science Society of America in Tucson, Ariz, next week.

Jhala received the Distinguished Achievement Young Weed Scientist Award from the North Central Weed Science Society in late 2016.

Jhala, who joined the University of Nebraska-Lincoln faculty in 2012, has a split appointment in research and extension in the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture. His weed science extension and outreach program promotes a more sustainable corn and soybean production system by teaching the principles of safe and cost-effective weed management. Among his Extension programs are the Corn and Soybean Weed Management Field Days, the Herbicide-Resistant Weed Management Field Days, and the statewide Crop Production Clinics, which he has coordinated the last three years.

His research program focuses on the biology, gene flow, and management of herbicide-resistant weeds with special interest in pollen-mediated gene flow from herbicide-resistant crops and weeds. He has 61 papers published/accepted in peer-reviewed journals and 11 book chapters. To learn more about Jhala's research, visit http://agronomy.unl.edu/jhalalab.