For the first time, a researcher from the Tocklai Tea Research Institute (TTRI), Somnath Roy has been elected as ‘Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society London’ (FRES). Roy is the second entomologist from Assam, after Mantu Bhuyan of Northeast Institute of Science and Technology (NEIST), to have achieved this distinction.
Director of TTRI, AK Barooah shared, ‘It is recognition of excellence by the Royal Entomological Society. Somnath’s achievement has come at a time when TTRI has been suffering from severe problems of fun crunch. We are proud of Roy.’
Fellows are normally nominated and selected through a review process on the basis of their significant contributions to insect science. Tea Research Association (TRA) congratulated Roy on his achievement and contributions to the industry. Barooah further stated that this achievement showed how Tea Research Association (TRA) scientists can help in improving tea quality in Assam.
In 2018, senior scientist of Jorhat based NEIST, Mantu Bhuyan, was also elected as a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society London (FRES). Many pioneering scientists including Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace were also the alumni fellow of the society.