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Welcome to the Department of Plant Sciences

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Agriculture is a fascinating and complex industry with international dimensions. The demand for Plant Sciences graduates is high, not only in North Dakota and the region, but throughout the United States and the world. The Department of Plant Sciences provides students with the knowledge, skills and understanding critical for professional success in a changing world. If you have an interest in plants and want to make a difference in the world, this department is for you!

Dr. Deckard with the award (photo courtesy of NDSU University Relations)

Deckard Honored with Mary McCannel Gunkelman Award

Dr. Ed Deckard was awarded the 2020 Mary McCannel Gunkelman Award for making NDSU a happy place for students. Deckard has taught in the Department of Plant Sciences for 50 years and was nominated for the award by six students.

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Pradeepika Chintha

Pradeepika Chintha Defends Ph.D. Dissertation

Pradeepika Chintha successfully defended her Plant Sciences doctoral dissertation, Functional Bioactive Compounds from Sweet Potatoes for Human Health Benefits, on October 8, 2020 at North Dakota State University. She was advised by Dr. Kalidas Shetty.

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New Soybean Breeder Joins Department of Plant Sciences

New Soybean Breeder Joins Department of Plant Sciences

Dr. Carrie Miranda was hired as an assistant professor and leader of the soybean breeding program in the Department of Plant Sciences at North Dakota State University.

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Sara Moayedi Defends Ph.D. Thesis

Sara Moayedi Defends Ph.D. Thesis

Sara Moayedi successfully defended her cereal science Ph.D. on July 14, 2020. Her thesis is titled Genotype and Environmental Effects on Quality Traits of Durum Wheat Grown in North Dakota. Her advisor is Dr. Frank Manthey.

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NDSU Administrator and Plant Breeder Announces Retirement

NDSU Administrator and Plant Breeder Announces Retirement

Dr. Kenneth F. Grafton has had a significant impact working in multiple roles at North Dakota State University, from the humble beginnings of the dry edible bean breeding program to his administrative leadership on important initiatives for NDSU Agriculture. He retired June 30, 2020, after 40 years of distinguished service.

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Escobar Romero Defends M.S. Thesis

Escobar Romero Defends M.S. Thesis

Edgar Gabriel Escobar Romero successfully defended his Plant Sciences Master’s thesis, Multi-parent Advanced Generation Inter-cross Population for Improvement of Genetic Resistance of Dry Bean to White Mold, on May 27, 2020 at North Dakota State University. He was advised by Dr. Juan Osorno.

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Peters Promoted and Granted Tenure

Peters Promoted and Granted Tenure

Dr. Tom Peters has been promoted to associate professor with tenure, effective July 1, 2020.

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Oliver Honored with Educator Award

Oliver Honored with Educator Award

North Dakota State University Department of Plant Sciences Associate Professor of Practice Rebekah Oliver received the 2020 North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Educator Award on June 18.

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Dr. Ted Helms

NDSU Soybean Breeder Announces Retirement

Dr. Ted Helms has had a distinguished 34-year career as the soybean breeder at North Dakota State University. He plans to retire June 30, 2020.

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Jayani Dona Defends  M.S. Thesis

Jayani Dona Defends M.S. Thesis

Jayani Dona successfully defended her cereal science M.S. degree on May 7, 2020. She is advised by Dr. Senay Simsek and the title of her thesis is Comparative Study on Hulled Wheats: Kernel, Flour, Dough Quality and Dietary Fiber Variation.

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