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Angela Linares-Ramirez Completes Ph.D. Degree in Plant Sciences

Linares’s research will help design future strategic plans for the genetic improvement of dry beans in the region. She also has helped advance her adviser’s research.
Angela Linares-Ramirez Completes Ph.D. Degree in Plant Sciences

Angela Linares-Ramirez (right) with adviser Dr. Juan Osorno

Ph.D. recipient Angela Linares-Ramirez presented her North Dakota State University Plant Sciences exit seminar on Friday, December 6. Her dissertation is titled Selection of Dry Beans Genotypes Adapted for Drought Tolerance in the Northern Great Plains. The focus of her research was to (1) assess the differences in seed yield due to drought within pinto, navy, and black dry beans; (2) estimate the genetic gain and progress over time due to the use of improved dry bean cultivars from 1981 to 2011; and (3) evaluate the ‘Buster’/SER 22 recombinant inbred line population under drought conditions and identify loci associated with drought tolerance that could be used in Marker Assisted Selection (MAS) in the future.

Linares-Ramirez’s research will help design future strategic plans for the genetic improvement of dry beans in the region. She also has advanced her adviser’s research by identifying major constraints in irrigated dry bean production in Central North Dakota, estimating the genetic gain among the three main market classes grown in the region, and determining new topics and objectives of future research.

To complete her research, Linares-Ramirez collaborated with USDA-TARS, Mayaguez, PR; the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Panhandle Research and Station Center, Scottsbluff, NE; and Dr. Phillip McClean’s Genomics and Bioinformatics Program at NDSU.

Linares-Ramirez interned at Duke University and was in the inaugural 2006 Plant Science Intern group from University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez (UPRM) in 2006 when she worked with the Hard Red Spring Wheat breeding program. She is the first from the UPRM internship program to receive a Ph.D. from NDSU. (See for more information)

Her honors and scholarships include the John H. Longwell, Jr. Memorial Scholarship, the Luwbia Aranda-Rocha Memorial Scholarship, and a 2008 USDA-CSREES Hispanic Serving Institutions Fellowship. She also received travel awards from the Bean Improvement Cooperative (BIC) and the Barley CAP Association Genetics and Marker Assisted Selection Workshop.

Linares-Ramirez says, “I think any person that wants to do research in the agriculture area should consider NDSU. Among U.S. universities, NDSU is one of the top in conventional plant breeding; that’s why I came here.”

Angela Linares-Ramirez’s graduate committee included Dr. Edward Deckard, Dr. Timothy Porch, and Dr. Luis Del Rio. Her adviser was Dr. Juan Osorno.

Source: Angela Linares-Ramirez (contact Dr. Juan Osorno, 701-231-8145,
Author: Shannon Ueker, 701-231-7971,             
Editor: Karen Hertsgaard, 701-231-5384,

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