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Amy Scegura Presents M.S. Seminar

Amy Scegura presented her Plant Breeding and Genetics M.S. research, “Marker Assisted Backcross Selection for Virus Resistance in Pea”, during a seminar on November 30, 2017. The purpose of her research is to identify Pea Seed-born Mosaic virus resistant germplasm adapted to the northern Great Plains.
Amy Scegura Presents M.S. Seminar

Amy Scegura (right) with adviser Dr. Kevin McPhee

December 4, 2017

Amy Scegura presented her Plant Breeding and Genetics M.S. research, Marker Assisted Backcross Selection for Virus Resistance in Pea, during a seminar on November 30, 2017. The purpose of her research is to identify Pea Seed-born Mosaic virus resistant germplasm adapted to the northern Great Plains.

Scegura’s research consisted of transferring the recessive gene (sbm-1) from the pea variety Lifter to lines previously developed at North Dakota State University. She used marker assisted backcross selection to identify resistant lines. Because of her research, “progeny with resistance and good agronomic performance will be released as germplasm for the scientific community and may be considered for release as new varieties,” she says.

Scegura worked with her M.S. adviser, Dr. Kevin McPhee when she was an undergraduate and enjoyed learning about pulse crop improvement and breeding. She also was aware that North Dakota State University has a superior reputation for plant sciences studies and knew she would receive good help and encouragement from office and laboratory staff.

During her undergraduate studies, Scegura interned with Dow AgroSciences in Olivia, MN in 2013 and 2014, and as a Research Fellow Intern in the Department of Plant Sciences in 2015. During her graduate studies, she received the John F. Soper Scholarship and participated in the Plant Sciences Graduate Student Association.

Members of her graduate committee are McPhee, Dr. Juan Osorno, Dr. Ted Helms and Dr. Julie Pasche.

Source: Amy Scegura
Author: Karen Hertsgaard (, 701-231-5384)

Editor: Kamie Beeson (, 701-231-7123)


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