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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!

Kenneth Paul Beamer Presents M.S. Seminar

Kenneth Paul Beamer Presents M.S. Seminar

Kenneth Paul Beamer presented his Plant Sciences M.S. thesis, “Weed Management and Soil Quality Outcomes of Non-Chemical Weed Control Tactics”, on June 8, 2018. He quantified the effect of deep mulch no-till on weed management and soil quality in small-scale organic vegetable production systems, and found improved weed control, soil quality, and yields when compared to tilled treatments.

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Schwarz Participates in International Panel Presentation on Mycotoxin Control

Schwarz Participates in International Panel Presentation on Mycotoxin Control

Malting and Brewing Quality project leader Dr. Paul Schwarz participated in a panel discussion presentation during the first European Commission MycoKey Technological Workshop in in Helsinki, Finland May 23-24, 2018. The title of the presentation was “Science meets practice: A joint effort to fight against mycotoxins – Is it possible and what are the critical steps?”

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Gonzalo Rojas-Cifuentes

Rojas-Cifuentes Receives President’s Volunteer Service Award

North Dakota Foundation Seedstocks Assistant Director Gonzalo Rojas-Cifuentes was awarded the prestigious President’s Volunteer Service Award for contributing over 350 hours of volunteer work in Guinea, West Africa in September 2017. The award recognizes Americans who engage in volunteer service and inspire others to do so.

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Todd West preparing to climb a sliver maple on the North Dakota State University campus

Breeding a Hardy Red Maple Tree for North Dakota

Woody Plant Improvement project leader Todd West is looking for a Freeman maple that will thrive in North Dakota and the Northern Plains region of the U.S. He recently climbed a sliver maple on the main campus at North Dakota State University to collect pollen to pollinate red maples at the NDSU Absaraka Horticulture Research Farm, starting the process to create a hardy tree for the region.

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Jason W. Adams Presents Ph.D. Seminar

Jason W. Adams Presents Ph.D. Seminar

Jason W. Adams presented his Plant Sciences Ph.D. thesis, “Characterization of Surfactant Quality and Validation of Standard Water Conditioning Testing”, on May 3, 2018.

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NDSU plant scientist searches for the perfect cold weather grape

NDSU plant scientist searches for the perfect cold weather grape

Since 2011, Harlene Hatterman-Valenti, professor and high-value crops specialist, has been on a quest to produce the perfect grape for winemakers of the northern Great Plains. She is conducting research to breed grapes that grow well in northern climates and produce outstanding wine.

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Mohamad Mahfuzur Rahman Presents M.S. Seminar

Mohamad Mahfuzur Rahman Presents M.S. Seminar

Md Mahfuzur Rahman defended his Cereal Science M.S. thesis, “An initiative to clean label: Can we replace dough strengtheners in bread formulations”, April 6, 2018. He presented his exit seminar on May 10.

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Cereal Science Student Selected for Food Technologists Global Challenge

Cereal Science Student Selected for Food Technologists Global Challenge

Cereal Science master’s student Jane Snelling was selected to participate in the Institute of Food Technologists Student Association 2018 Global Challenge in Chicago this July.

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The CFS 480/680 Product Development class

Cereal and Food Science Class Partners with Specialty Grain Company for Product Development

Students in the CFS 480/680 Food Product Development class presented their final projects on May 3, 2018. They were tasked with developing a blue cornmeal based food product, including production and marketing plans, much like a commercial product development team. Dr. Jiajia Rao teaches the spring semester course and says, “This is a great opportunity for students to get involved in teamwork, creativity, and scientific skills.”

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