Welcome to the Department of Plant Sciences
Plant Sciences graduate student Abigail Debner became an American Society of Horticultural Science (ASHS) Certified Horticulturist after passing a certification exam during the ASHS annual meeting. Individuals who earn this designation have demonstrated skill and knowledge in all areas of horticulture.
Plant Sciences graduate student Amanda Crook was awarded third place in the Frank L. Haynes Graduate Student Research Award competition during the Potato Association of America annual meeting. The award is given for outstanding student research presentations.
Harlene Hatterman-Valenti, Plant Sciences assistant department head and professor, was elected 2015-16 chair-elect for the American Society of Enology and Viticulture – Eastern Section (ASEV-ES) during the annual meeting in July. Enology and viticulture are the sciences of winemaking and grape growing.
The fourth annual Barley Field School offered by the Institute of Barley and Malt Sciences at North Dakota State University covered how to successfully grow high quality malting barley and basic malting and brewing information. The focus of the school is hands-on and covers information on botanical and physiological factors in barley growth, grain handling and storage information specific to malting barley, risk management and marketing, and practical advice from barley growers in North Dakota.
Department of Plant Sciences Ph.D. candidate Santosh Sharma presented an exit seminar on his research titled, Quantitative Genetics of Drought Resistance in Early Maturing Maize (Zea mays L.) on Friday, September 4, 2015 on the North Dakota State University campus.
Department of Plant Sciences M.S. graduate Kellie Podliska presented an exit seminar on her research, titled Efficacy of Current Bt Traits Against Corn Rootworms in North Dakota, on August 14, 2015.
Ph.D. candidate Renata Jung presented a seminar on her doctoral research titled Identification of Molecular Markers for Marker-assisted Selection of Malting Quality and Associated Traits in Barley on Thursday, August 13, 2015 in Loftsgard Hall at North Dakota State University. Jung was advised by Dr. Richard Horsley.
Twelve students joined Dr. Marisol Berti for a study abroad tour of six countries in Europe, June 24-July 11, 2015. The focus of the trip was to observe and experience European production and processing of major energy crops used for electricity, heat, biodiesel and bioethanol, and second generation biofuels.
Ph.D. candidate Sintayehu Debebe Daba presented a seminar on his doctoral research titled Genetic Diversity and Genome-wide Association Mapping of Agronomic, Disease Resistance, and Quality Traits in Barley Accessions from Ethiopia, ICARDA, and the U.S. on Wednesday, August 5, 2015 in Loftsgard Hall at North Dakota State University. Daba was advised by Dr. Richard Horsley.
The Department of Plant Sciences welcomes Dr. Bingcan Chen in the position of assistant professor in food and cereal chemistry.