State News, (Bengaluru), June 20: An Indian agricultural microbiologist Dr Shrihari Chandraghatgi, President and CEO, EcoCycle Corporation, has been conferred with Ministry of Environment Award for 2017 in Japan for developing cutting edge technologies to address burning environmental problems. Dr Shrihari is the first foreigner to be given this Ministry of Environment Award, the highest award in environmental sector in Japan.
The Ministry of Environment Award is the highest honour given in the environmental Sector every year jointly by the Ministry of Environment, Japan, National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES), Japan and The Nikkan Kogyo Shinbun (a media group). The award was given away to Dr Shrihari on June 08 by State Minister of the Environment, Japan Seki Yoshihiro at a ceremony at Kasumegaseki, Tokyo in presence of dignitaries including Imizu Haruhiro, President of The Nikkan Kogyo Shinbun, Watanabe, President of NIES and some eminent scientists from Japanese universities.
Dr Shrihari Chandraghatgi, a native of Siddapura in the Uttara Kannada District of Karnataka, residing in Tokyo for almost 2 decades has done commendable work in the field of Environmental Biotechnology and has over a dozen patents against his name. An agricultural microbiologist, Dr Shrihari has developed cutting edge technologies by exploring the capabilities of natural microorganisms for environmental remediation. These patented technologies have been applied over 400 sites in Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, India, China and the US. These technologies are the cheapest available alternatives of remediation.