We the member of the Indian Phytopathological Society are deeply shocked on the sad demise of L.V. Gangawane on Monday, the May 21, 2018. Prof. Gangawane, the guiding force of science in general and plant pathology in particular. In his death, country has lost a great academician and well-wisher of science, particularly Microbiology fraternity and IPS.
Dr. L.V. Gangawane was born on 29th July 1944. He served as Professor and Head, Department of Botany and Soil Microbiology and Pesticides Laboratory, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad, Maharashtra. During his 32 years of teaching and research experience in Soil Microbiology and Plant Pathology, he had guided 31 Ph.D. students and published more than 200 research papers in national and international journals in the field of Plant Pathology, pesticides, biofertilizers, microbial physiology and rhizosphere pathology. He had authored seven books in the above mentioned fields. The book Biofertilizer Technology Transfer was well known in India and abroad. Dr. Gangawane had visited several countries and completed International post-graduate courses in fungicide resistance in plant pathogens under the guidance of Prof. J. Dekkar at Agricultural University, Wageningen, Netherlands. He was associated with many professional bodies. He was the President of Indian Phytopathological Society for the year 2016. He was the fellow of Indian Phytopathological Society (FPSI) and Plant Protection Association of Indian, Councillor and President West Zone (EPPAI) and also recipient of Prof. M.S. Pavgi Awards, IPS New Delhi and P.R. Verma Award, ISMPP, Udaipur for his excellent work in management of fungicide resistance and application of biopesticides. He was also awarded best teacher award by Government of Maharashtra.
He had a peaceful end of a long, fruitful and highly satisfying life. On behalf of the Society and my own behalf, I express my deep condolence to bereaved family. Let us all, pray to God that his soul may rest in peace. May God give his family to bear the loss.