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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!

Student Awarded at Central American Agricultural Conference

Student Awarded at Central American Agricultural Conference

Plant Sciences M.S. student María Tobar Piñón was awarded first place for her presentation in the legumes section at the Central American Cooperative Program for the Improvement of Crops and Animals (PCCMCA) held in El Salvador, May 16-19, 2017. She presented “Genetic Diversity of the Guatemalan Climbing Bean Collection”. The results of her research are an important scientific breakthrough in bean genetics.

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Distinguished Cereal Chemistry Alumna Dies

Award winning North Dakota State University cereal chemistry alumna Dr. Evangelina Villegas died April 23, 2017 in Mexico City. She was the first woman to receive the World Food Prize for groundbreaking research that has improved the nutrition of millions of undernourished and poor people worldwide.

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Plant Sciences Study Tour in Kenya and Zimbabwe

During Spring break in March 2017, graduate students and researchers from the Department of Plant Sciences participated in a study tour of research and Extension activities in Kenya and Zimbabwe that support the development of resilient agricultural practices for small-holder and commercial farmers.

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Supun Sandaru Fernando Defends M.S. Thesis

Supun Sandaru Fernando Defends M.S. Thesis

Supun Fernando defended his Cereal Science M.S. thesis, Effects of Pretreatments on Separating the Seed Coat from the Cotyledon of Black Bean, on March 24, 2017 at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND.

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Harlene Hatterman-Valenti

Hatterman-Valenti Honored with Faculty Excellence Award

Department of Plant Sciences professor and high value crops specialist Harlene Hatterman-Valenti was selected by the Faculty Awards and Recognition Committee as the recipient of the Chamber of Commerce North Dakota State University Distinguished Faculty Service Award.

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Department Employees Recognized for Years of Service

Seventeen Department of Plant Sciences employees achieved milestones for years of service at North Dakota State University this spring.

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Harlene Hatterman-Valenti (left) receives the Open Door Award

Three Faculty Honored During NDSU AgWeek

Department of Plant Sciences professors Harlene Hatterman-Valenti, Kirk Howatt and Joel Ransom received awards from the North Dakota State University Agriculture Collective during the third annual NDSU AgWeek, held April 3-7.

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Students Receive Plant Science Symposium Awards

Members of the North Dakota State University Plant Sciences Graduate Student Association attended the 33rd Annual Plant Science Graduate Student Symposium at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, on March 31 – April 1, 2017. Symposium attendees presented research in five categories. Eight NDSU graduate students won awards for their presentations.

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In Memory of Michelle Grant

In Memory of Michelle Grant

Michelle Grant, senior accounting specialist in the Department of Plant Sciences, passed away on March 23, 2017. A memorial service celebrating her life was held April 1 in Fargo. She had served NDSU almost 10 years at the time of her death.

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