WASHINGTON,D.C. - Central to its deep commitment to honor the most innovative and meaningful advances worldwide, The Japan Prize Foundation announced the laureates of the 2019 Japan Prize. Two scientists are being recognized with the 2019 Japan Prize for original and outstanding achievements that not only contribute to the advancement. They are Indian-American Dr Rattan Lal and Dr Yoshio Okamoto. Dr. Rattan Lal, Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science at The Ohio State University in Columbus,
Ohio, is being honored for his work in identifying technological options adapted to various ecosystems through his intensive basic and applied research on processes and factors of soil degradation caused by inappropriate biological production, as well as in evaluating recommended agricultural practices which reduce risks of soil degradation and of anthropogenic climate change while improving the environmental quality and addressing the critical issues of feeding the earth’s population, which is expected to reach 9.8 billion by 2050. The Japan Prize Foundation will host an award ceremony on April 8, in Tokyo. Each laureate will receive a certificate of recognition and a commemorative gold medal. A cash award of $450,000 will also be given to each prize field.