Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 1992
Mother Plant
This description of Wirajit Lianchamroon's work was prepared when Wirajit Lianchamroon was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1992.
Virajit Lianchamroon, a plant pathologist, is working to develop commercial botanical pesticide and fertilizer products which can compete successfully with and provide alternatives to existing products. In the 30 years since the use of chemical agents became a widespread agricultural practice in Thailand, the country's environment and ecology have suffered devastating effects. In addition, many chemicals pose critical health hazards to farmers handling them, and harm to people consuming chemically-tainted food and water.
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