Assistant Professor and Extension Weed Management Specialist Amit Jhala has been honored with the Distinguished Achievement Young Weed Scientist Award from the North Central Weed Science Society of America. This award recognizes outstanding contributions made by young weed scientist in research and/or extension in the north central.
Jhala has been with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln since 2012 with a split appointment between research and extension in Department of Agronomy and Horticulture. Amit’s research program at UNL is focused on the biology, gene flow, and management of herbicide-resistant weeds, through which he is specifically interested in pollen-mediated gene flow from herbicide-resistant crops and weeds.
Amit is an early career scientist with 61 papers published/accepted in peer-reviewed journals. Additionally, he has published 11 book chapters. Amit’s paper published in Heredity (a journal of the Nature Publishing Group) about gene flow was not only recognized by the journal, but the paper led to a commentary published in the same issue of Heredity discussing the statistical methods used in the study to determine the minimum sample size needed to detect gene flow. Amit has graduated two MS students and a Ph.D. student at UNL, in addition to supervising two Ph.D. students and two MS students as a major advisor and serving as a committee member for four other graduate students.
Amit has developed a weed science extension and outreach program in the state of Nebraska that promotes a more sustainable corn and soybean production system by teaching the principles of safe and cost-effective weed management, primarily through the management of glyphosate-resistant weeds. Amit is a coordinator of the Crop Production Clinics (CPCs). On average, 1,500 to 1,800 clientele attend CPCs across nine locations in Nebraska annually.
Amit also organizes Corn and Soybean Weed Management Field Days and Herbicide-Resistant Weed Management Field Days. Amit serves on the Board of Directors for the North Central Weed Science Society as the Chair of the Extension Section.
Jhala will receive the award at the 71st North Central Weed Science Society’s annual meeting in Des Moines, Iowa, Dec. 12-15.