The delegation met with foundation seed producers, seed certification officials, seed industry representatives and toured production and research fields. The objective of the visit was to acquire knowledge of the seed certification program in Chile, which may facilitate cooperation between both programs.
Before the 40th annual NDSU Harvest Bowl awards program, Dr. Richard Frohberg reflected on his career as the third hard red spring wheat breeder in NDSU’s history, and the biggest challenges he faced during those years.
NDSU Plant Sciences faculty and staff presented papers and posters during the 68th annual meeting of the North Central Weed Science Society in Columbus, OH. Dr. Kirk Howatt received the Distinguished Achievement Award in Education.
Kirk Howatt, associate professor in annual weeds at North Dakota State University, received the Distinguished Achievement Award in Education during the recent North Central Weed Science Society annual meeting. The award recognizes outstanding educational achievements in weed science.
Senay Simsek wants North Dakota’s wheat quality to be the best in the world. The North Dakota State University associate professor and cereal scientist in the Department of Plant Sciences is in charge of the hard red spring wheat quality laboratories at NDSU.
The NDSU Oat Breeding program led by Dr. Michael McMullen is highlighted in the January 27, 2014, Agweek. McMullen has recently released three varieties with excellent yield, test weight and crown and stem rust resistance: Souris, Newberg and Jury. Oat acreages could be up this year due to increased interest in the nutritional values of oats and the possibility of competitive prices.
Cai’s and Chao’s research will address the problem of limited variability in wheat germplasm and augment the wheat gene pool.
Dr. Paul Schwarz, NDSU professor of Plant Sciences, was a featured speaker at the second annual Farmer Brewer Winter Weekend held on the campus of Amherst College, Amherst, MA, and sponsored by Valley Malt of Hadley, MA. The event was attended by more than 60 people interested in locally grown hops and grains, and malting and brewing.
Dr. Kalidas Shetty and Dr. Dipayan Sarkar are making plans for the 5th Annual Conference of the American Council for Medicinally Active Plants. Shetty was instrumental in bringing the conference to Fargo, and Sarkar is the Program Chair of the conference, which will be held June 15-18, 2014, at the Ramada Plaza and Suites.
NDSU Plant Sciences M.S. student Adriana Rodriguez was chosen to attend the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) Career Preparation Institute (CPI) in Costa Mesa, CA, in March.
While hops may get all the credit for flavor in your favorite IPA, brewing experts say it’s malt’s time to shine. Malt is made from barley – a major North Dakota crop. With a growing craft brewing industry nationwide, there’s a renewed focus on types of malt used for beer.
Fillmore’s research evaluated herbicide droplet size on weed control and nozzle type effect on spray spectrum characteristics. He will begin working for West Central, Inc. in Willmar, MN as a Focus Product Technical Specialist.
Chaput completed corn grain yield research, which looks at drainage, tillage and nitrogen fertilizers. He will soon begin work as an agronomist at Weston Seed House in Sarles, North Dakota.
Five graduate students from the NDSU Department of Plant Sciences presented in the 30th Annual Plant Science Graduate Student Symposium held at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, in March. Roshan Sharma Poudel received first place for his oral presentation in the Plant Breeding and Genetics session.
The aim of the Flax Institute is to bring together national and international researchers with an interest in flax to share and learn about flax research. North Dakota State University has been the lead university in organizing the biennial Flax Institute.
A team of NDSU horticulture and landscape architecture students competed in the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) 38th Annual Student Career Days. The team gave a good showing, ranking in the top 25 of the participating schools and coming home with several individual event honors.
Echeverry-Solarte’s wheat research focused on determining the genetic basis of supernumerary spikelets (SS) in common wheat at whole genome scale using a genetic linkage map of one wheat population. He has a position as a Tomato Breeder with Bayer CropScience’s vegetable seed affiliate, Nunhems, in Mexico.