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B. L. D'Appolonia Endowment

A program of excellence for integrated crop production, research and education

Department of Plant Sciences

College of Agriculture

North Dakota State University

About the Endowment

The fund is committed to enhancing spring wheat value for producers and the spring wheat industry in North Dakota.  It will provide a source for maintaining and enhancing research in developing new spring wheat varieties.


Bert L. D'AppoloniaAbout B. L. D'Appolonia

Dr. Bert L. D’Appolonia was a faculty member at NDSU from 1963 through 1993. He retired as a professor and chairman of the Department of Cereal and Food Sciences. While at NDSU, Dr. D’Appolonia authored over 175 scientific publications and eight book chapters on cereal science and technology of wheat. 

Dr. D'Appolonia is recognized worldwide as an expert in cereal chemistry and end-use quality of hard red spring wheat, a major crop in North Dakota. He has served as a consultant to the U.S. Wheat Associates and North Dakota Wheat Commission since 1978, providing input and giving presentations on hard red spring wheat end-use quality to personnel in more than 70 countries.

His research and outreach efforts have contributed substantially to the excellent global reputation that North Dakota enjoys as a provider of hard red spring wheat.  His research and service in the hard red spring wheat breeding program ensured that North Dakota-developed varieties possessed the quality traits highly desired by domestic and overseas markets. 

Dr. D'Apppolonia was the recipient of many awards and recognitions, including the Fargo Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Professor award in 1984, recipient of the Harald Petern Foundation Award bestowed by the International Association for Cereal Chemistry in 1990, and was made a fellow of the American Association of Cereal Chemists in 1995.


How You Can Help

The B. L. D'Appolonia Endowment is open to additional donations.  For more information about the endowment, or to learn how to make a donation, contact the NDSU Development Foundation at (701) 231-8971 or e-mail

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