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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!

Haugrud Awarded Sugarbeet Scholarship

Haugrud Awarded Sugarbeet Scholarship

Plant Sciences Master’s student Nathan Haugrud was awarded the Alan Dexter Scholarship by the Sugarbeet Research and Education Board of Minnesota and North Dakota.

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In Memory of Stan Stancyk

In Memory of Stan Stancyk

North Dakota State University Department of Plant Sciences Research Specialist Stan Stancyk passed away December 29, 2017. A Mass of Christian Burial was held January 3, 2018 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Thief River Falls, MN. Stancyk worked in the Department of Plant Sciences in the durum wheat breeding program for 27 years.

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ND17009GT Soybean

2017 Variety Releases Announced

The North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station released new crop varieties ND17009GT soybean, ND Benson soybean, ND Stutsman soybean, ND VitPro spring wheat, ND Grano durum and ND Riveland durum in 2017. Lang-MN spring wheat was released by the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station. These new soybean and spring wheat varieties were distributed for the first time by the ND County Seed Increase Program in the spring of 2017. The durum varieties will be distributed in the spring of 2018.

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Zollinger Retirement Announced

Zollinger Retirement Announced

Extension weed specialist, Dr. Rich Zollinger, retired from North Dakota State University on December 31, 2017. Zollinger worked almost 28 years as a professor and Extension specialist in weed control. During his tenure, he received numerous awards and was active in many professional organizations. He published more than 200 reports of his research, averaged over 100 presentations annually at stakeholder meetings and scientific conferences, and mentored and advised numerous NDSU graduate students.

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Carlos Raul Maldonado Mota Presents M.S. Seminar

Carlos Raul Maldonado Mota Presents M.S. Seminar

Carlos Raul Maldonado Mota presented a seminar on his Plant Sciences M.S. research on December 8, 2017 at North Dakota State University. The title of his thesis is Identification of New Sources of Resistance to Anthracnose in Climbing Bean Germplasm from Guatemala. He examined climbing beans from Guatemala for resistance to anthracnose caused by Colletotrichum lindemuthianum by studying the pathogen and possible resistant climbing bean varieties.

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Gabriela Tobar Piñón Presents M.S. Seminar

Gabriela Tobar Piñón Presents M.S. Seminar

Gabriela Tobar Piñón presented a seminar on her Plant Sciences M.S. research on December 8, 2017 at North Dakota State University. The title of her thesis is "Genetic Diversity of the Guatemalan Climbing Bean Collections". Her research confirmed the existence of race Guatemala in the Middle American genepool of common bean, and the usefulness of climbing bean collections for the discovery of candidate genes for important traits.

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Nelson Geary Presents M.S. Seminar

Nelson Geary Presents M.S. Seminar

Nelson Geary presented his Plant Sciences M.S. thesis, Response of ‘Russet Burbank’ Seed Tubers Containing Glyphosate and Dicamba Residue, on Monday, December 11, 2017 at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND.

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Award winners (from left): Shannon Ueker, Frank Manthey, Juan Osorno

Faculty and Staff Honored by NDSU Agriculture and Extension

Three Department of Plant Sciences faculty and staff received awards during the annual NDSU Agriculture and Extension Faculty/Staff Awards program. Frank Manthey, professor, received the Eugene R. Dahl Excellence in Research Award; Juan Osorno, associate professor, received the Larson/Yaggie Excellence in Research Award; and Shannon Ueker, administrative secretary, received the Donald and Jo Anderson Staff Award.

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Summer Aspire Japanese Tree Lilac in summer

2017 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 in 2017. Summer Aspire™ Japanese Tree Lilac is a tall, upright selection that grows in a narrowly oval form. Its foliage, flowers and fruit give it an attractive ornamental quality. The selection was developed by the NDSU Woody Plant Improvement program under the direction of project leader Dr. Todd West and research specialist Greg Morgenson.

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Nicholas Schimek Presents M.S. Seminar

Nicholas Schimek Presents M.S. Seminar

On December 8, 2017, Nicholas Schimek presented an exit seminar for his Plant Sciences M.S. research, “Developing Methodology to Predict and Increase Grain Protein Content in Spring Wheat”. He successfully defended his thesis on November 9.

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