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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!

Jing Wan Defends Ph.D. Thesis

Jing Wan Defends Ph.D. Thesis

Jing Wan successfully defended her cereal science Ph.D. research on July 2, 2019. The title of her thesis is Fabrication and Characterization of Antifungal Essential Oil-in-Water Nanoemulsion Delivery System Targeting Fusarium Graminearum In Vitro and During the Malting Process. She presented her exit seminar on July 22, 2019.

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Sanzida Rahman Defends M.S. Thesis

Sanzida Rahman Defends M.S. Thesis

Sanzida Rahman successfully defended her Plant Sciences M.S. thesis, Differentiating PVY Infection from Nitrogen Deficiency Using Spectral Reflectance, July 12, 2019 at North Dakota State University.

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Naa Korkoi Ardayfio Defends Ph.D. Dissertation

Naa Korkoi Ardayfio Defends Ph.D. Dissertation

Naa Korkoi Ardayfio successfully defended her Plant Sciences Ph.D. dissertation, Allelic Relationship of A. Strigosa Crown Rust Resistance Factors and Their Relationship to Pc38 Suppression, November 13, 2018 at North Dakota State University.

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Swarup Podder Defends M.S. Thesis

Swarup Podder Defends M.S. Thesis

Swarup Podder successfully defended his Plant Sciences M.S. thesis, Screening for Forage Sorghum Genotypes with Chilling Tolerance, on June 11, 2019 at North Dakota State University.

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Deying Li

Department of Plant Sciences Faculty Promoted

Five faculty in the Department of Plant Sciences at North Dakota State University have been approved for promotion this year. Deying Li is being promoted to professor. Esther McGinnis, Md. Mukhlesur Rahman and Andy Robinson are being promoted to associate professor and granted tenure. Rebekah Oliver is being promoted to associate professor of practice.

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In Memory of Neal Holland

North Dakota State University Department of Plant Sciences emeritus professor Neal Holland passed away June 14, 2019 in Fargo, ND. His funeral was Thursday, June 20 at West Funeral Home in West Fargo, ND.

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Jane Snelling Defends M.S. Thesis

Jane Snelling Defends M.S. Thesis

Jane Snelling successfully defended her cereal science M.S. thesis research on May 29, 2019. The title of her thesis is Vacuum Steam Pasteurization of Hard Red Spring Wheat. She is advised by Senay Simsek.

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Simsek with seminar participants

Wheat Quality Specialist Educates Philippine and Malaysian End-users about U.S. Wheat

North Dakota State University Department of Plant Sciences wheat quality specialist Senay Simsek traveled to the Philippines and Indonesia May 6-19, 2019 to explain how the unique cereal chemistry of U.S. wheat contributes to quality factors of various food products.

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MInwei Xu

Cereal Science Students Are Finalists in Food Technologists Competition

North Dakota State University cereal science doctoral students Minwei Xu and Yang Lan were finalists in the Graduate Student Division Competition at the 2019 Institute of Food Technologists annual meeting. Xu received second place for his oral presentation in the Food Chemistry division.

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Minwei Xu speaking at Jiangnan University

Malting Barley Quality Researchers Speak at University in China

Paul Schwarz and Minwei Xu were invited speakers for a workshop at Jiangnan University in Wuxi, China on May 27, 2019. The event was hosted by Jian Liu of the University’s School of Biotechnology: National Engineering Laboratory for Cereal Fermentation Technology.

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