Welcome to the Department of Plant Sciences
NDSU Extension Service agronomist Hans Kandel traveled to Ethiopia for two and a half weeks in July to share his technical skills and expertise with local farmers. He was able to help up to 140 producers in seven villages and also trained 15 agricultural development workers, who will follow up with the farmers who participated in the local training sessions.
On July 13, 2016 Kueh Fei Fernandez defended her Cereal Science M.S. Degree research titled "Glutograph: A Simple Rheometer to Measure Quality of Cooked Pasta". The purpose of her research was to determine whether a Glutograph is suitable equipment to analyze texture of cooked pasta, as compared to the commonly used equipment, a Texture Analyzer.
The NDSU Horticulture and Forestry Club won team and individual awards in an undergraduate competition held during the American Society for Horticultural Science annual conference in August.
Department of Plant Sciences M.S. student Calli Feland was awarded first place for her poster presentation in the Marvin Stone Memorial Poster Competition at the Nitrogen Use Efficiency annual meeting.
The Department of Plant Sciences has hired Dr. Grant Mehring as a research assistant professor.
Dr. Harlene Hatterman-Valenti became the 2016-2017 Chair of the American Society for Enology and Viticulture-Eastern Section on July 20 during their 41st Annual Meeting, held July 18-21, 2016 in St. Louis, MO.
The Department of Plant Sciences welcomes two new staff members, Dr. Ana Heilman-Morales and Dr. Thomas Walk, each serving as large database breeding pipeline managers.
Ryan Lenz presented a seminar on his M.S. thesis, "A novel genetic linkage map of chokecherry (Prunus virginiana L.) and QTL mapping for X-disease (Candidatus phytoplasma pruni) resistance", on Monday, July 11, 2016. He conducted genetic and biotechnology research to address issues regarding phytoplasma diseases that can devastate plant production systems
Catherine Schwebach defended her M.S. thesis in Cereal Science on June 9, 2016. Her thesis is titled "Historical and Modern Hard Red Spring Wheat Comparison: Analysis of Proximate, Enzyme Activity, Phenolic Acid, and Starch Properties". She compared and analyzed 30 different Hard Red Spring Wheat varieties, released between 1910 and 2013, for health factors such as starch properties and digestibility.
The Department of Plant Sciences welcomes Dr. Andrew Green in the position of assistant professor and hard spring wheat breeder.