Today is the 62nd birthday of Gurdev Khush, an Indian plant geneticist whose work was a cornerstone of the Green Revolution , which allowed a doubling of world rice production from 1966 to 1990. The son of subsistence farmers, Khush modified various strains of rice by breeding them for rapid growth and compatibility with chemical fertilizers. His research has led to the development of more than 200 high-yielding varieties of rice, many of which are widely cultivated. Khush heads the division of plant breeding, genetics, and biochemistry for the International Rice Research Institute in Manila, the Philippines.
[Source: Emily McMurray, Ed., Notable Twentieth-Century Scientists. Gale Research Inc. ITP. 1995.]