Welcome to the Department of Plant Sciences
Horticulture students Connor Hagemeyer and Sarah Kickert were named 2016-2017 Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association Foundation Academic Award Winners. Hagemeyer will receive a scholarship co-sponsored by Gertens Greenhouses and Garden Center. Kickert will receive a scholarship co-sponsored by the Robin D. Linder Memorial Scholarship.
Two North Dakota State University students, Jacob Kluza and Austin Espe, are responsible for growing more than 4000 pounds of fresh produce that was donated to the Emergency Food Pantry in Fargo, ND during the 2016 growing season. The vegetables donated were grown in two research projects for the Department of Plant Sciences High Value Crops Project, which is led by Dr. Harlene Hatterman-Valenti. The donations were organized through the North Dakota Department of Agriculture Hunger Free North Dakota Garden Project.
Twenty-six people attended the Barley and Malt Quality Short Course October 3-6 and the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) and Preventive Control Qualified Individual Training October 6-7 at the Northern Crops Institute at North Dakota State University.
Dr. Shivcharan Singh Maan passed away November 1, 2016 in Davis, California. Dr. Maan worked in the Department of Plant Sciences at North Dakota State University in hybrid wheat research from 1964 to 2000.
Cassie Anderson won second place in the Best Student Research Paper Competition at the annual meeting for the American Association of Cereal Chemists International held in Savannah, Georgia, October 23-26, 2016. Her research focused on the utilization of the dietary fiber present in wheat bran, corn bran, and dried distillers' grains as a basis for biodegradable food packaging.
Plant Sciences M.S. student Amy Scegura was awarded first place for her poster presentation at the 10th Canadian Pulse Research Workshop held in Winnipeg, Manitoba, October 25-28, 2016. The title of her research is “Marker Assisted Backcross Selection for Virus Resistance in Pea (Pisum sativum L.)”.
Department of Plant Sciences undergraduate and graduate students received 93 scholarships at the annual NDSU College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources Scholarship Recognition Luncheon, held on November 3.
A new woody plant selection was introduced by the North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station and the NDSU Research Foundation in 2016. Emerald Beacon™ Tianshan Birch is a distinctive, cold hardy birch selection that grows in a narrowly pyramidal form. The selection was developed by the NDSU Woody Plant Improvement program under the direction of Dr. Todd West and research specialist Greg Morgenson.
Dr. Marisol Berti leads the Forages and Biomass Crop Production project in the Department of Plant Sciences at North Dakota State University. The goals of the NDSU Forages and Biomass Crop Production project are 1) to evaluate and improve current forage production practices, 2) to evaluate new and traditional crops as sources of biomass for bioenergy production, and 3) to increase the use of cover crops in current cropping systems in North Dakota.
The Horticulture and Forestry Club from North Dakota State University won first place overall and three students placed in individual events at the Mid-America Collegiate Horticulture Society conference and competition held at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville on October 7-9.