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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!

2019 Woody Plant Introduction Announced

2019 Woody Plant Introduction Announced

A new woody plant selection was introduced by the North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station and the North Dakota State University Research Foundation. Fireflare Orange™ Mollis Azalea is a great winter hardy addition to the northern landscape. The selection has been in development by the NDSU Woody Plant Improvement program for over 40 years.

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New Weed Specialist Joins Department

New Weed Specialist Joins Department

The Department of Plant Sciences at North Dakota State University welcomes Dr. Joe Ikley in the position of assistant professor and Extension weed specialist.

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Scholarships 101

Scholarships 101

Now is the time to complete the North Dakota State University College of Agriculture, Food Systems and Natural Resources scholarship applications. The process is very simple and could result in extra dollars for tuition and college expenses.

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Weed Scientist Lym Retirement Announced

Weed Scientist Lym Retirement Announced

North Dakota State University weed scientist Dr. Rodney Lym retired December 31, 2018. Lym served as a weed scientist in the Department of Plant Sciences, specializing in leafy spurge, for over 39 years. His career conducting research to control leafy spurge in North Dakota led to effective methods to reduce the infestation in the state. Throughout his career, Lym received numerous awards and honors, was active in many professional organizations, saw over 100 papers and reports published, and mentored 20 graduate students.

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Alan Zuk hands the Lakota Star Quilt to Susan Clark

Zuk Donates Star Quilt to Historic Collection at North Dakota State University

Dr. Alan Zuk has donated his Lakota Star Quilt to the Emily P. Reynolds Historic Costume Collection at the North Dakota State University Department of Apparel, Design and Hospitality Management.

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NDSU Food Scientists Teach Middle-Schoolers About Research

NDSU Food Scientists Teach Middle-Schoolers About Research

Sixth graders at Ben Franklin Middle School in Fargo were treated to a hands-on food science lesson during their regular science class last week. Dr. Senay Simsek along with research specialists Kristin Whitney and Nathan Haugrud and graduate students Jane Snelling and Aslihan Unuvar were welcomed by Mr. Travis Hoeg to teach about the science of taste and how different ingredients are used in food applications.

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Frank Manthey presents to members of ND Wheat Commission

Wheat Researchers Demonstrate Laboratory Techniques for Wheat Growers

Wheat quality researchers from the North Dakota State University Department of Plant Sciences demonstrated research techniques and projects they conduct to ensure that North Dakota wheat products are of the highest quality during the 2018 North Dakota Wheat Commission County Representatives meeting on December 5.

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Todd West

West Receives Excellence in Advising Award

Todd West received the William J. and Angelyn A. Austin Excellence in Advising Award at the 2018 Agriculture and Extension Faculty/Staff Awards program on December 6. West is a professor in the North Dakota State University Department of Plant Sciences and leads the Woody Plant Improvement Project.

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Muhammad Arif Uz Zaman Defends Ph.D. Thesis

Muhammad Arif Uz Zaman Defends Ph.D. Thesis

Muhammad Arif Uz Zaman successfully defended his Plant Sciences Ph.D. thesis, “Delineating Root System Architecture in Rapeseed/Canola (Brassica napus L.) Through Molecular and Transcriptomic Approaches”, October 26, 2018 at North Dakota State University.

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Nathan Haugrud Defends M.S. Thesis

Nathan Haugrud Defends M.S. Thesis

Nathan Haugrud successfully defended his Plant Sciences M.S. thesis, “Cultivation to Supplement Residual Herbicides in Sugarbeet”, October 31, 2018 at North Dakota State University.

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