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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!

Sergio Cabello-Leiva

Plant Sciences Students Recognized by Gamma Sigma Delta

Students from the Department of Plant Sciences at North Dakota State University captured the top awards for their oral presentations at the inaugural NDSU Chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta Faculty and Student Symposium in April.

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Maneka Malalgoda (left) receiving her award

Wheat Quality Students Recognized by Gamma Sigma Delta

Maneka Malalgoda and Kaitlyn Peterson, students in the Wheat Quality Research group at North Dakota State University, were honored by the NDSU Chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta in April.

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Staff Recognition Social (from left): Crane, Rue, Davidson-Harrington, Axtman, Deplazes, Hegstad, Rojas-Cifuentes, Christianson

Department Employees Recognized for Years of Service

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

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Andrej Svyantek

Student Honored at Graduate Student Council Research Symposium

Ph.D. student Andrej Svyantek won second place for his oral presentation at the Second Annual NDSU Graduate Student Council Research Symposium on April 6, 2018.

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Kaiser Receives Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

Kaiser Receives Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

Amber Kaiser, a Ph.D. student in the Cereal Science graduate program at North Dakota State University, was selected to receive a NDSU College of Graduate and Interdisciplinary Studies Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship for the 2018-19 academic year.

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Ana Magallanes-López, Senay Simsek and Kristin Whitney at CIMMYT in Texcoco, Mexico

Cereal Science Researchers Attend Conferences in Mexico

Three members of the North Dakota State University Cereal Sciences Wheat Quality and Carbohydrate Research team participated in two back-to-back conferences March 11-17, 2018 in Mexico City. Senay Simsek, Kristin Whitney and Ana Magallanes-López presented research at the 4th International Association for Cereal Science and Technology Latin American Cereal Conference (ICC-LACC) and the International Gluten Workshop (IGW).

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Graduate Student Wins Grain Quality Poster Award

Graduate Student Wins Grain Quality Poster Award

Ana Magallanes López, a M.S. student in the Cereal Science graduate program of the North Dakota State University Department of Plant Sciences, won the “People’s Choice Award” for the best poster at the 2018 NC-213 U.S. Quality Grains Research Consortium Annual Meeting. Her poster was “Wet Milling Affects Deoxynivalenol Concentration in Wheat Starch and Gluten”.

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NDSU Horticulture & Forestry Club wins Spirit Award

Horticulture and Forestry Club Attends National Competition

North Dakota State University Horticulture and Forestry Club students attended the 2018 National Collegiate Landscape Competition sponsored by the National Association of Landscape Professionals in March. The group gave a strong performance, ranking 13th overall. Two students placed in individual events and five students received scholarships.

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Award winners (from left): Sergio Cabello Leiva, Rebecca Spanner, Nathan Haugrud

Graduate Students Receive Awards at Plant Science Symposium

North Dakota State University graduate students from the Departments of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology attended the 34th annual Plant Science Graduate Student Symposium at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, in March. Nathan Haugrud, Sergio Cabello Leiva and Rebecca Spanner each won an award for their presentations.

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ND State Crop Show Judges

NDSU Volunteers Judge Crops at North Dakota State Crop Show

Joel Ransom has organized judges for the North Dakota State Crop Show since he became the NDSU Department of Plant Sciences cereal crops Extension specialist in 2002. On March 2 this year, twenty-four judges evaluated more than 200 crop samples submitted by 4-H and FFA students and others submitting in Open Classes. Eighteen of the judges are current NDSU Department of Plant Sciences employees.

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