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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!

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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Ransom Honored with Durum Growers Amber Award

Ransom Honored with Durum Growers Amber Award

Dr. Joel Ransom received the 2018 United States Durum Growers Association Amber Award on November 5 at the Crop Outlook and International Durum Forum in Minot, ND.

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Berti Receives Researcher of the Month Award

Berti Receives Researcher of the Month Award

Dr. Marisol Berti was awarded the November Researcher of the Month Award from the NDSU Office of Research and Creative Activity

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Maneka Malalgoda Defends Ph.D. Thesis

Maneka Malalgoda Defends Ph.D. Thesis

Maneka Malalgoda successfully defended her Cereal Science Ph.D. thesis, “Pre-harvest Glyphosate Use During Wheat Cultivation: Effects on Wheat Chemistry and Human Gut Microbiota”, October 10, 2018.

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ND18008GT soybean

2018 NDSU Crop Variety Releases Announced

The North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station released new crop varieties ND18008GT soybean and ND Hammond flax in 2018. ND18008GT soybean, ND Eagle lentil (2016), ND Grano durum (2017) and ND Riveland durum (2017) were distributed for the first time by the North Dakota County Seed Increase Program in the spring of 2018. ND Hammond flax will be distributed in the spring of 2019.

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Lucas Holmes Defends M.S. Thesis

Lucas Holmes Defends M.S. Thesis

Lucas Holmes presented his Plant Sciences M.S. thesis, “Tile Drainage, Beds, and Fe-EDDHA Application Effect on Soybean Production”, November 1, 2018 at North Dakota State University.

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Crop Improvement Scholarships Awarded to Plant Sciences Students

Crop Improvement Scholarships Awarded to Plant Sciences Students

Three North Dakota Crop Improvement and Seed Association scholarships were awarded to Department of Plant Sciences students Elizabeth Blessum, Vincent Carruth and Kaden Martinson. All are Crop and Weed Sciences majors.

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Daniel Restrepo Montoya Defends Ph.D. Thesis

Daniel Restrepo Montoya Defends Ph.D. Thesis

Daniel Restrepo Montoya defended his Genomics and Bioinformatics Ph.D. thesis, “Computational Identification, Phylogenetic and Synteny Analysis of Receptor-Like Kinases “RLK” and Receptor-Like Proteins “RLP” in Legumes”, October 18, 2018 and presented a seminar on his research.

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