M. Mahadevappa

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M. Mahadevappa
Born (1937-08-04) 4 August 1937 (age 81)
ResidenceMysore, Karnataka
Alma materSarada Vilas College
University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore
Tamil Nadu Agricultural University
Known forHigh-yielding Hybrid varieties of Rice in India
AwardsPadma Bhushan (2013)
Padma Shri (2005)
Rajyotsava Prashasti (1984)
Bharat Ratna Sir. M. Vishweshwarayya Memorial Award (1999)
Scientific career
FieldsAgricultural science, Forestry, Plant Breeding
InstitutionsJSS Rural Development Foundation
University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad
Indian Council of Agricultural Research
University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore
International Rice Research Institute, Philippines
Central Food Technological Research Institute

Madappa Mahadevappa(born 4 August 1937), popularly known as Rice Mahadevappa is an Indian agricultural scientist and plant breeder, renowned for developing high yielding hybrid varieties of rice.[1] He served as the Vice-chancellor of University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad for two terms and as the chairman of Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board under Indian Council of Agricultural Research of which he is a current member of governing council.[2][3] He is the recipient of Padma Bhushan, India's third highest civilian honour and various other accolades.[4]


Mahadevappa, an elected fellow of the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences,[5] has contributed extensively to the Indian agrarian community through various innovative application and research initiatives including development of over nine varieties of High yielding Hybrid rice varieties.[6][7] While being a pioneer in hybrid rice farming in the country, he has been also credited for his Integrated Parthenium Weed Management, a scientific and efficient weed management technique against the invasive Parthenium.[8]


  1. ^ "Profile of Dr. M. Mahadevappa". National Academy of Biological Sciences.
  2. ^ "Scientist wants another green revolution". The Hindu.
  3. ^ "'Hybrid paddy production will save water'". New Indian Express.
  4. ^ Dr Mahadevappa Conferred with Padma Bhushan
  5. ^ "NAAS Fellow". National Academy of Agricultural Sciences. 2016. Retrieved May 6, 2016.
  6. ^ "Future of paddy". Deccan Herald.
  7. ^ "Prof. M. Mahadevappa". BangaloreIndiaBio.
  8. ^ Aditya Kaul (2002-01-06). "He fought for survival against the killer weed". Pioneer.