Welcome to the Department of Plant Sciences
The NDSU Horticulture and Forestry Club won team and individual awards in an undergraduate competition held during the American Society for Horticultural Science annual conference in August.
Department of Plant Sciences M.S. student Calli Feland was awarded first place for her poster presentation in the Marvin Stone Memorial Poster Competition at the Nitrogen Use Efficiency annual meeting.
The Department of Plant Sciences has hired Dr. Grant Mehring as a research assistant professor.
Dr. Harlene Hatterman-Valenti became the 2016-2017 Chair of the American Society for Enology and Viticulture-Eastern Section on July 20 during their 41st Annual Meeting, held July 18-21, 2016 in St. Louis, MO.
The Department of Plant Sciences welcomes two new staff members, Dr. Ana Heilman-Morales and Dr. Thomas Walk, each serving as large database breeding pipeline managers.
Ryan Lenz presented a seminar on his M.S. thesis, "A novel genetic linkage map of chokecherry (Prunus virginiana L.) and QTL mapping for X-disease (Candidatus phytoplasma pruni) resistance", on Monday, July 11, 2016. He conducted genetic and biotechnology research to address issues regarding phytoplasma diseases that can devastate plant production systems
Catherine Schwebach defended her M.S. thesis in Cereal Science on June 9, 2016. Her thesis is titled "Historical and Modern Hard Red Spring Wheat Comparison: Analysis of Proximate, Enzyme Activity, Phenolic Acid, and Starch Properties". She compared and analyzed 30 different Hard Red Spring Wheat varieties, released between 1910 and 2013, for health factors such as starch properties and digestibility.
The Department of Plant Sciences welcomes Dr. Andrew Green in the position of assistant professor and hard spring wheat breeder.
Faculty members Marisol Berti and Greta Gramig were promoted within the Department of Plant Sciences.
Cassandra Hillen is conducting research on pea flour as part of her M.S. degree in Cereal Science at North Dakota State University. Her advisor and the director of her research is Dr. Clifford Hall, who is also the director of the NDSU Pulse Quality program. Pea flour is a possible substitute for wheat flour that could provide benefits for consumers, particularly those with celiac disease.