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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!

Plant Sciences Student Wins Graduate Research Symposium

Plant Sciences Student Wins Graduate Research Symposium

Department of Plant Sciences Master’s student Felicity Merritt won first place for her oral presentation in the 4th Annual North Dakota State University Graduate Student Council Research Symposium.

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Planning Committee member Julie Pasche and graduate student Dimitri Fonseka, both from the NDSU Plant Pathology Department

International Bean and Pulse Meetings in Fargo in November

The 2019 Bean Improvement Cooperative and North American Pulse Improvement Association meetings have concluded, and local planners are happy with the feedback from participants. The meetings were back-to-back November 3-8 at the Radisson Hotel Fargo.

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Minwei Xu Defends Ph.D. Thesis

Minwei Xu Defends Ph.D. Thesis

Minwei Xu successfully defended his Cereal Science Ph.D. thesis, Improvement of the Physicochemical Attributes and Antioxidant Profiles from Pulse Seeds through Germination, on November 14, 2019 at North Dakota State University.

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Plant Sciences Students Honored at Agronomy Society Conference

North Dakota State University Department of Plant Sciences Master’s students Jesse Puka-Beals and Alex Wittenberg won awards in the Graduate Student Oral Presentation Competition at the 2019 American Society of Agronomy annual meeting.

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Jonathon Bethony and Senay Simsek with the NDSU Ottiroler Getreidemühlen Stone Mill

Award Winning Washington, D.C. Baker Works with NDSU Small Grains Researchers

Jonathan Bethony, a renowned baker and owner of Seylou Bakery and Mill in Washington, D.C., spent four days at North Dakota State University in October talking with small grains researchers about crop breeding and grain processing.

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Plant Sciences Professor Receives Excellence in Teaching Award

Plant Sciences Professor Receives Excellence in Teaching Award

North Dakota State University Department of Plant Sciences professor Senay Simsek was awarded the 2019 Excellence in Teaching Award by the Cereals and Grains Association at their annual meeting November 3-5.

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Plant Sciences Students Awarded at Cereals and Grains Conference

Plant Sciences Students Awarded at Cereals and Grains Conference

North Dakota State University cereal science students Supun Fernando and Jayani Maddakandage Dona won second place in the Student Product Development Competition at the 2019 Cereals and Grains Association annual meeting November 3-5. Their product was “BeRice” gluten free muffin premix.

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Bethany Christensen Defends Plant Sciences M.S. Thesis

Bethany Christensen Defends Plant Sciences M.S. Thesis

North Dakota State University M.S. candidate Bethany Christensen successfully defended her Plant Sciences thesis on November 7, 2019.

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Plant Sciences Personnel Attend Cereals and Grains Meeting

North Dakota State University Department of Plant Sciences cereal science students, faculty and research staff were actively involved in the Cereals and Grains Association annual meeting November 3-5, 2019.

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Agronomists Teach Agriculture Research Techniques in Ethiopia

Hans Kandel and Joel Ransom, North Dakota State University Extension agronomists and Department of Plant Sciences faculty, recently spent two weeks teaching and sharing their expertise with new farmers and faculty at two agriculture universities in Ethiopia.

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