For the love of Flowers!
Mahalakshmi Reddy V., who retired last year as the associate dean of the College of Home Science, Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University, was recently awarded a patent for her work on ‘floral preservation through freeze-drying technology’. Notably, Mahalaxmi is the first Indian to have won a patent for such a subject.
“My passion for flowers has been there since childhood and I always dreamt of leading a life around it. One day, I presented a bouquet to my mother on Mother’s Day; naturally it faded away after a few days. It was then that I decided to do something to make the flowers to last longer,” she says.