Surinder Vasal was born In India in 1938 and received a PhD in Genetics and Plant Breeding.
He worked with biochemist Dr. Evangelina Villegas for 35 years to develop a protein enriched form of maize in the 1970s. Quality Protein Maize (QPM) is created by adding protein to low nutrient corn and is prevalent in China, Mexico, parts of Central America, and Africa today and is referenced as "miracle maize" because of its role in alleviating malnourishment. In addition to improving the nutritional value of maize, its productivity was also increased. They were jointly awarded the World Food Prize in 2000 for their development of Quality Protein Maize at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center in Mexico(CIMMYT).
- "Dr. Surinder Vasal and Dr. Evangelina Villegas". ISAAA. Retrieved 2012-05-12.
- ""Nobel Prize for Food": World Food Prize to Maize". AgBioWorld. 2000-09-06. Retrieved 2012-05-12.
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