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Plant Diagnostic Lab

 Jesse Ostrander

Jesse joined the Plant Diagnostic Lab in July 2013. His experience includes working with the Kansas Department of Agriculture as a Plant Health Specialist and for the Kansas State University Plant Disease Clinic. He joined the NDSU Plant Diagnostic Lab in July 2013 as an assistant diagnostician, and his title was changed to diagnostician in 2015. He has served as the Director/Diagnostician since April, 2016. His duties include providing routine diagnostic services for agronomic and horticultural samples, supervising and supporting the seed health testing services, assisting with export services (providing services for obtaining a phytosanitary certificate), leading the Introduction to Plath Pathology Laboratories, instructing the Tree, Nursery, and Turf disease course, and giving extension talks on various topics as requested.

M.S. Plant Pathology, December 2014, Kansas State University

B.S. Horticultural Science, May 2010, Kansas State University

Jesse Ostrander

Plant Diagnostician/Director

Christine Ngoan

Christine has worked on the seed health side of the Plant Diagnostic Lab since July 2017. She started working for Dr.Jack Rasmussen in the Plant Pathology Department in 1995 and was with him until 2005 and then she worked for Dr. Steven Meinhardt in the same department from 2007 until 2017.

M.S. Botany, December 2000, North Dakota State University

B.S. Botany,  May 1993, North Dakota State University

Christine Ngoan

Seed Health Technician/Research Specialist

Tel: 701-231-7854

email:

web:  http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/pdl

Alexander Knudson

Alex joined the Plant diagnostic lab in 2017. In 2018, he became the Entomological Diagnostician. He has assisted numerous surveys for native and pest insects throughout the North Dakota including the Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey (CAPS) and the North Dakota Department of Game and Fish. He aids Extension entomology with insect identification and assists testing seed health samples.

B. S. Biology, 2014, University of North Dakota

M.S. Entomology, 2018, North Dakota State University

 

Alexander Knudson

Entomological Diagnostician

Tel: 701-231-7854

email:

web:  http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/pdl

 

Presley Mosher

Presley joined the Plant Diagnostic Lab in 2018. He is the Assistant Diagnostician.He assists the diagnostician with agronomic and horticultural samples, as well as testing seed health samples.

B. S. Horticulture, 2014, North Dakota State University

Presley Mosher

Assistant Plant Diagnostician

Tel: 701-231-7854

email:

web:  http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/pdl

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