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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!

Svyantek Honored by Viticulture Society

Svyantek Honored by Viticulture Society

Department of Plant Sciences doctoral student Andrej Svyantek was awarded first place for his poster presentation in the graduate student poster competition at the American Society for Enology and Viticulture-Eastern Section annual meeting.

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Lee Honored for Bean Genetics Research

Lee Honored for Bean Genetics Research

Rian Lee, research specialist in bean genetics and molecular genetics, is the recipient of the Technical Merit Award presented by the Bean Improvement Cooperative. The award recognizes outstanding and long-standing contributions made to bean research, extension and education by bean program support personnel. Lee has made significant contributions to numerous research projects, which have impacted bean genetics and improvement throughout the world.

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Wenhao (David) Dai

Faculty Members Dai, Marais and West Promoted

Faculty members Wenhao (David) Dai, G. Francois Marais and Todd West were promoted to professor within the Department of Plant Sciences.

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Tawakalit Asiyanbi-Hammed Defends Ph.D. Dissertation

Tawakalit Asiyanbi-Hammed Defends Ph.D. Dissertation

Tawakalit Asiyanbi-Hammed defended her Cereal Science Ph.D. dissertation, Characteristics of Yam Composite Flour: Properties and Function of Bread and Tortilla Making, November 18, 2016 at North Dakota State University.

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Honorary State FFA Degree recipients (ND FFA photo)

North Dakota FFA Honors Faculty and Staff Members

Todd West and Barb Laschkewitsch from the Department of Plant Sciences were awarded Honorary State FFA Degrees during the North Dakota FFA state convention held at North Dakota State University June 5-9, 2017.

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Drs. Chen and Schwarz visit a traditional rice wine factory in Jiangsu China

Plant Sciences Faculty Conduct Seminars and Research in China

Department of Plant Sciences faculty Bingcan Chen, Elias Elias, Richard Horsley and Paul Schwarz spent two weeks in China in early May. They visited three universities, presented five seminars and spent time evaluating the barley and durum Fusarium Head Blight nurseries in Nanjing, Jiangsu China.

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Joel Ransom received a medal and certificate for 100 hours of work with Winrock International’s U.S. Agency for International Development funded Farmer-to-Farmer Program.

Ransom Receives President's Volunteer Service Award

In May, NDSU Extension Service cereal crops agronomist and Department of Plant Sciences professor Joel Ransom received the prestigious President’s Volunteer Service Award for work in Senegal, Africa. He provided more than 100 hours of work with Winrock International’s U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) funded Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) program.

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Tracy Hillenbrand Presents M.S. Seminar

Tracy Hillenbrand Presents M.S. Seminar

Tracy Hillenbrand presented her Plant Sciences M.S. thesis, Nitrogen Fertilizer Timing, Rate, and Source Effects on Corn and Wheat Production in the Red River Valley, on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND.

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Lindsey Forward Presents M.S. Seminar

Lindsey Forward Presents M.S. Seminar

Lindsey Forward presented her Plant Sciences M.S. thesis, Hop Establishment Impacted by Mulch Type and Nitrogen Source, on Friday, May 5, 2017 at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND.

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Patricia Cabas Luhmann Presents M.S. Seminar

Patricia Cabas Luhmann Presents M.S. Seminar

Patricia Cabas-Lühmann presented her Plant Sciences M.S. thesis, Delayed Harvest Affects Durum Wheat Quality, on Friday, May 26, 2017 at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND.

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