Dakota Ruby is the name of a new potato cultivar developed by the North Dakota State University potato breeding project and released by the North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station. Dakota Ruby has bright red skin, stores well and is intended for the fresh market. Dr. Asunta (Susie) Thompson is the NDSU potato breeder.
Dr. Clifford Hall will oversee the Pulse Quality research program in the Department of Plant Sciences’ Cereal Food Science group. He also coordinates the undergraduate Food Science program.
The Department of Plant Sciences welcomes Dr. Xuehui Li in the position of assistant professor in statistical genomics.
On January 16, 2015 Roshan Sharma Poudel presented research he completed for his Plant Sciences M.S. degree. He worked to develop winter-hardy and disease resistant winter wheat germplasm. Sharma Poudel’s adviser is Dr. François Marais.
Etsehiwot Gebreselassie defended her Cereal Science M.S thesis, Composition and Stability of Phytochemicals during Food Processing, on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 in Harris Hall at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND.
Kirk Howatt, associate professor in weed science at North Dakota State University, received the Outstanding Teacher Award from the Weed Science Society of America. The award recognizes excellent teaching and advising of students.
Dr. Richard Zollinger, NDSU Extension Service weed specialist and research specialists Aaron Carlson and Devin Wirth discussed efforts to control herbicide resistant weeds during the 2015 Wild World of Weeds workshop. They were featured in this article published in The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead January 29. The Wild World of Weeds workshop is planned annually by NDSU Extension and Plant Sciences employees.
Plant Sciences Associate Professor Dr. Clifford Hall received a North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Council research grant to determine if a new low temperature pasteurization technique will improve the safety and shelf life of flax seed.
The North Dakota State University and University of Minnesota Potato Extension Agronomist Andy Robinson received the Emerging Leader Award from the National Potato Council in January. The award is presented to individuals under the age of 35 who promote the potato industry and exhibit leadership and community involvement. Robinson has held the joint agronomist position at NDSU and the U of M since 2012.
Mihiri Marini Judith Mendis defended her Cereal Science Ph.D. dissertation, "Arabinoxylan Hydrolyzates as Prebiotics and Immunomodulators" on Monday, December 1, 2014 in Harris Hall at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND.
Ph.D. candidate Xianwen Zhu presented a seminar on his doctoral research titled "Molecular and Genetic Characterization of Fusarium Head Blight Resistance in Durum Wheat" on Friday, February 13, 2015 in Loftsgard Hall at North Dakota State University.
Cereal Science Ph.D. student Hazila Khalid won the “People’s Choice Award” for best poster at the 2015 NC-213 Annual Meeting (The U.S. Quality Grains Research Consortium).
NDSU Foundation Seedstocks Director Dale Williams was named the 2015 North Dakota State Crop Show Honoree. He was honored at an awards banquet held during the North Dakota State Winter Show in Valley City.
Three department of Plant Sciences students won top awards at the 6th Annual Innovation Challenge competition in the corn-based innovation track. Paul Subart won first place with his project “A Displaced Farmer” and Cassandra Hillen and Joseph Kallenbach placed third with their project “Color with Corn”.
Crop and weed sciences student Matthew Pederson was awarded the Mid America CropLife Association Young Leader Scholarship.
The North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station released a new two-rowed barley line, ND Genesis, and a new soybean line, ND Henson.
Plant Sciences professor Edward Deckard received the NDSU Outstanding Faculty Advising Award at a ceremony and reception held March 26, 2015. The award recognizes advisers who are committed to helping undergraduate students reach their full potential.
The Plant Sciences 335: Seed Technology and Production class toured the NDSU Agronomy Seed Farm on March 23. The class is taught by Gonzalo Rojas, who is also the Assistant Director of the North Dakota Foundation Seedstocks program.
After 32 years as director of the NDSU Agronomy Seed Farm, Tom Teigen retired on April 1. He said he “enjoyed being a part of new plant breeding and development” efforts and “worked with a good bunch from NDSU and with a good progressive bunch of producers” during his tenure.