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Alison Pokrzywinski Presents M.S. Seminar

Alison Pokrzywinski presented her Plant Sciences M.S. thesis, Genotype-by-environment Interaction in Sunflowers for The Northern Plains, on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND.
Alison Pokrzywinski Presents M.S. Seminar

Alison Pokrzywinski (left) with advisor Dr. Brent Hulke

May 1, 2018

On Thursday, April 26, 2018 Alison Pokrzywinski, presented her M.S. thesis, Genotype-by-environment Interaction in Sunflowers for The Northern Plains. Pokrzywinski researched genotype-by-environment interaction in sunflowers in the Dakotas and Minnesota. She found there could be a benefit in breeding programs testing pre-commercial hybrids in multiple environments for oil content. Yield, on the other hand, did not show a genotype-by-environment interaction. The lack of yield-influencing factors are due to lodging, bird damage, and disease. 

After earning a B.S. in Agricultural Business and A.A.S in Agronomy from the University of Minnesota at Crookston, Pokrzywinski decided to work with a niche crop specific to the region. The combination of the North Dakota State University Sunflower, Minor and New Crop Production project in the Department of Plant Sciences and the Sunflower and Plant Biology Research Project at the United States Department of Agriculture/Agriculture Research Service in Fargo offered a unique opportunity and excellent resources for Pokrzywinski to continue her educational goals.

While at NDSU, Pokrzywinski was awarded the Curtis Stern Memorial Scholarship (2012) and the Devin Miller Scholarship (2017). She also was a member of the Plant Sciences Graduate Student Association throughout her studies, serving as webmaster in 2012.

Pokrzywinski is currently employed with Nuseed Americas, Breckenridge, Minnesota, as North American sunflower product manager and technical agronomist.

Pokrzywinski’s graduate committee consisted of Dr. Kevin McPhee, Dr. Burton Johnson, and Dr. Sam Markell. Her advisor was Dr. Brent Hulke.

Author: Shannon Ueker, 701-231-7971,
Editor: Karen Hertsgaard, 701-231-5384,

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