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Adriana Rodriguez Garcia Completes M.S. in Plant Sciences

Rodriguez Garcia's research is titled Glandular Trichome Evaluation through Scanning Electron Microscopy and the Modified Enzymic Browning Assay. She recently fulfilled a summer internship with Winfield and is seeking a position in her area of study.
Adriana Rodriguez Garcia Completes M.S. in Plant Sciences

Adriana Rodriguez Garcia (right) with adviser Dr. Asunta Thompson

Adriana Rodriguez Garcia presented her Master’s Exit Seminar on Friday, November 14, 2014 in Loftsgard Hall at North Dakota State University. Her research is titled Glandular Trichome Evaluation through Scanning Electron Microscopy and the Modified Enzymic Browning Assay.

The first goal of her research was to visually assess the presence, and quantity, of Type A and Type B glandular trichomes on the leaves of several potato cultivars. The second goal was to evaluate NDSU advanced selections and progeny families for the presence of glandular trichomes utilizing the Modified Enzymic Browning Assay.  Last was investigation of the Colorado potato beetle’s feeding and oviposition habits on potato genotypes, and the effect on tuber yield in treated versus untreated populations.

A native of Guayama, Puerto Rico, Rodriguez Garcia earned her B.S. in Agronomy from the University of Puerto Rico and interned with NDSU in summer 2009. She says she chose North Dakota State University’s Plant Sciences program because it offered her an opportunity to see agriculture on a larger scale. She also appreciated being able to improve her English skills and meet students from other countries.

On campus, Rodriguez Garcia was a member of HOLA (Hispanic Organization Latin America) and PAS/CFFA. She earned first place in the Agronomy, Weed Science, and Ecology division at the 28th Annual Plant Sciences Graduate Student Symposium (Winnipeg, Canada 2012) and third place in the Employment Interview: Crop Production division of the National Post-secondary Agricultural Students Conference (Louisville, KY 2013). She also was chosen to attend CULTIVAR’s (Connecting Underrepresented Latinos to Integrate Values and Academic Resources) meeting in March 2014.

Rodriguez Garcia recently fulfilled a summer internship with Winfield and is now looking for work in her area of study.

Rodriguez Garcia's graduate committee included Dr. Marisol Berti, Dr. Edward Deckard, Dr. Deirdre Prischmann-Voldseth, and adviser Dr. Asunta Thompson.

Source: Adriana Rodriguez (contact Dr. Asunta Thompson, 701-231-8160, asunta.thompson@ndsu.edu)
Author: Shannon Ueker, 701-231-7971, shannon.ueker@ndsu.edu
Editor: Karen Hertsgaard, 701-231-5384, karen.hertsgaard@ndsu.edu

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