2001 - Milkha Aulakh

Prof. Milkha Aulakh, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, India, is soil scientist. He was nominated for the 2001 International Fertilizer Award by the Fertiliser Association of India (FAI).

The 2001 Award, which is for a researcher from a developing country, was judged by an international panel of eminent scientists on the basis of originality and practical application of the research. The Award honours Professor Aulakh for a career dedicated to research work in the field of balanced plant nutrition and the environmental impact of fertilizer use.

The assessments take account not only of the quality of the research but also of the communication of the results, the attention paid to environmental issues, and to the international relevance of the work. Aulakh has made significant contributions in the areas of :

  • balanced nutrient management for optimum yields and quality of crops,
  • nitrogen, sulphur and phosphorous transformations and losses,
  • environmental impact of nitrate leaching and emissions of greenhouse gases,
  • sulphur deficiency that limited crop responses to some fertilizers in subtropical soils at the beginning of the 1970s.